The Man-Eater of Malgudi Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Nataraj see in Vasu's room?

2. Which of the following most accurately portrays the conversations between Nataraj and Vasu as of chapter two?

3. What makes Vasu change and become soft and agreeable?

4. What does Nataraj use his parlor for?

5. Who currently lives in the house on Kabir Street?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nataraj do when he has difficulty finding a puppy for the septuagenarian's grandson? How does his own son get involved?

2. What goes on the front room of the shop that Nataraj runs?

3. Who does Nataraj employ at the printing press? What is his relationship with his hired help?

4. What was the bus ride back to Malgudi like for Nataraj?

5. How are the relationships Nataraj has with the people around him?

6. What does Nataraj fear that Vasu will do in order to retaliate regarding the forestry officer and what does he do about it?

7. How does the business transaction unfold between Nataraj and Vasu?

8. How does Vasu respond to Nataraj's first efforts to remove him from the attic?

9. How does Nataraj feel about Vasu living upstairs?

10. What is the purpose of the blue curtain separating the two rooms of the printing press, and why is this important to Nataraj?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The concept of pride is a recurring theme in the book The Man-eater of Malgudi. Write an essay about pride and how it relates to the book.

Part 1. What is pride? What forms can it take and what influences or changes its qualities?

Part 2. How does pride play a role in the novel The Man-eater of Malgudi? What message does the book have about it?

Essay Topic 2

All the main characters in The Man-eater of Malgudi represent some faction or sentiment of the English occupation of India.

Part 1. What does each character represent? Are they blatant or subtle?

Part 2. How is each character identifiable as representing the person or thing of historical India? Give some examples of how each character is identifiable.

Part 3. Do any of the characters change during the book? If so, what does this mean, and do they represent a historical change as well?

Essay Topic 3

In the Man-Eater of Malgudi, Vasu is labeled as a rakshasa that wreaks havoc and destruction wherever he goes. Write an essay about the destruction caused by Vasu.

1. Vasu causes destruction even as his livelihood. Write about the destruction Vasu causes in his pursuit of taxidermy, including both the initial damage and the consequences affecting those around him.

2. In what other ways does Vasu cause destruction? What are his intentions? Does he see the destruction he generates?

3. What is the destruction as seen by the eyes of Nataraj? What is the worst, according to him?

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