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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. After the court summons, what is the next thing official thing to arrive for Nataraj in a brown envelope?

2. What are the dynamics between Vasu and the poet?

3. Which of the following is a phrase used to describe Vasu?

4. What does Vasu want printed?

5. Which of the following best describes a philosophy practiced by Vasu?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What business does Nataraj do when he is in Mempi?

5. What is the affair regarding the septuagenarian and a dog?

6. What does Vasu receive in the mail from the forestry department, and what is his reaction to it?

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

8. How does Nataraj feel about Vasu living upstairs?

9. What is the story of the house on Kabir Street?

10. What does Nataraj do early every morning?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story of The Man-Eater of Malgudi takes place in India. Why is India a significant setting for this story?

Part 1. Why did R.K. Narayan choose India to be the setting for this story? Could it have taken place anywhere else?

Part 2. What cultural aspects of India are important for a full understanding of the story?

Part 3. What historical aspects of India are important for a full understanding of the story?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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