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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 new problem brought on by Vasu bothers Sastri at the press?

2. What happened during the time Nataraj was studying at the Albert Mission?

3. What does Vasu bring with him when he returns from Mempi?

4. What does Nataraj say about Vasu's proposal in the attic?

5. What does Nataraj admire about Vasu even when they are no longer friends?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Nataraj do early every morning?

3. What is in the second brown envelope that arrives for Nataraj and who is it from? What does he promise in response to it?

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

5. What happens when the forestry officer comes to the press looking for Vasu?

6. How do Sen and Vasu get along?

7. Who is Rangi, and how do Sastri and Nataraj cross paths with her? What does Nataraj surmise when he starts seeing her?

8. How does Vasu get along with the poet and Babu? Give examples.

9. What is the friendship between Vasu and Nataraj like after Nataraj tells Vasu he will need the attic?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Vasu is a central character in The Man-eater of Malgudi. Write an essay about Vasu.

Part 1. Describe the character of Vasu. Who does he represent from the history of India?

Part 2. Give examples from the book of the actions of Vasu and explain how they parallel and symbolize the English occupation of India.

Essay Topic 2

R.K. Narayan portrays and unflattering picture of science and logic in The Man-eater of Malgudi. Write an essay about this topic.

Part 1. What character most represents a scientific and logical standpoint? How does this character get along with those around him? What is he governed by?

Part 2. Who is most counters science and logic in the book? How?

Part 3. Cite some interactions between characters to give insight into the point R.K. Narayan is making about the interaction of the spiritual with logic and science.

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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