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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In the beginning of chapter two, what are Nataraj and Sastri printing?
2. What is Nataraj working on when Vasu wants to take him on a jeep ride?
3. What does Vasu ask of Nataraj in the attic?
4. Which of the following best describes Vasu?
5. How long does Vasu say the jeep ride he takes Nataraj on will take?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Rangi's visit to Nataraj change at Nataraj's house? How?
2. What interaction to Vasu and Nataraj have after Kumar and the mahout leave Mempi?
3. How does Nataraj end up on a long day trip with no money and with a client waiting in his press?
4. What happens when Vasu returns, and what does he want to show Nataraj?
5. What is the purpose of the blue curtain separating the two rooms of the printing press, and why is this important to Nataraj?
6. How do Sen and Vasu get along?
7. What is the final interaction that Nataraj has with the adjournment lawyer? How is this different than the previous ones?
8. Explain how Vasu arranges to move into Nataraj's attic.
9. What is the night and morning before the celebration like for Nataraj?
10. What happened to the transaction with the client that Nataraj left waiting when he left with Vasu?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Rangi is a minor, but pivotal, character in The Man-Eater of Malgudi. Write an essay about Rangi.
Part 1. Who is Rangi? What might she symbolize or represent?
Part 2. Rangi exerts great personal influence wherever she goes, even though she is seen as a "lowly" character. She is also participating as a important figure in the center of the festival and the procession. Explain what R.K. Narayan means by this.
Part 3. Rangi is closest to Vasu when he dies, and has the most plausible plan of all involved to save Kumar. What does R.K. Narayan mean to tell us by this?
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay about the religious and political affairs of India during the mid-twentieth century.
Part 1. Explain the British occupation and the consequences it had on Indian culture and life.
Part 2. Describe the non-violent protests that expelled the English. Who were the major players in the revolution? How did they achieve their goals?
Part 3. What were the major religions present in India at the time, and what happened when the English left?
Essay Topic 3
"The universe," says Sastri, "has survived all the rakshasas that were ever born. Every demon carries within him, unknown to himself, a tiny seed of self-destruction, and goes up in thin air at the most unexpected moment."
This quote by Sastri represents a central theme of the book: the conflict of good and evil. Write an essay about the sentiment behind this quote.
Part 1. Do you agree with Sastri's sentiment? Does evil carry the seed of its own destruction?
Part 2. Cite other works, religious or fictional, that address this concept. What do they have to say?
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