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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. Who does Nataraj consult to help decide what to do about Vasu?

2. What does Vasu do for a living?

3. How do Sen and the poet react when Vasu comes into the parlor?

4. What had lived before in the house on Kabir street?

5. What is the relationship between Nataraj and Vasu like for a couple weeks after the court summons?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is Vasu, what is his history, and what is the first thing he does in his relationship with Nataraj?

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

5. How does Nataraj feel about Vasu living upstairs?

6. How do Sen and Vasu get along?

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

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

9. What happened to the transaction with the client that Nataraj left waiting when he left with Vasu?

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

Essay Topics

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

The green folder with the accounts for the festival is the catalyst for some awkward interactions between Nataraj and Vasu. What role do the festival accounts play?

Part 1. What does the green folder represent? Why is its transference from Nataraj to Vasu important?

Part 2. Vasu never returns the green folder, but rather declares it lost. What is the significance of this?

Part 3. After Vasu's death, Nataraj sees the green folder and carefully takes it back without leaving prints so he won't be accused of stealing. Explain the significance of this scene.

Part 4. When Nataraj finally has the green folder back he still finds very little actual money. Rather, there is just the lists of people who gave money for the festival. Explain the symbolism behind this and the point R.K. Narayan is making.

Essay Topic 3

Consider this famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated."

Part 1. Do you agree with the quote? Why or why not?

Part 2. Why is this theme central to the story The Man-eater of Malgudi?

Part 3. How does the treatment of animals help define the characters of Nataraj and Vasu?

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