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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 suddenly fear when Vasu carelessly answers his request for money?

2. What activity does Vasu start to engage in as his poaching becomes more difficult?

3. How does Vasu end up in Nataraj's attic?

4. What does Vasu receive from the forestry department?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who does Vasu bring to the press to meet Nataraj, and what happens?

3. What happens when Vasu returns, and what does he want to show Nataraj?

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

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

6. How do Sen and Vasu get along?

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

8. Explain how Vasu arranges to move into Nataraj's attic.

9. Where does Nataraj seek help in resolving his legal affairs?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Man-Eater of Malgudi is a piece of fiction that acts as a political commentary. Write an essay about artistic political commentary.

Part 1. How is the book The Man-Eater of Malgudi a political commentary? What is its message?

Part 2. What other art forms commonly act as political commentary? How?

Part 3. Cite or show another work that is also meant as a political commentary. How is it recognizable as such? What does it mean?

Essay Topic 2

"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?

Essay Topic 3

The elephant Kumar was a central character in the book The Man-Eater of Malgudi. Even though he was not an active character, he was one of great importance.

Part 1. Why was Kumar so important? What did he represent?

Part 2. Why did R.K. Narayan choose an elephant for the role of Kumar? Could it have been an tiger? What do elephants in general represent?

Part 3. What saved Kumar in the end? How close was Kumar to being lost? What would have been the symbolic consequences of losing Kumar?

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