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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. How do the poet, Sastri, and Nataraj spend the night prior to the parade?
2. What does Rangi say about her whereabouts the night of the procession?
3. What does Vasu come to talk to Nataraj about?
4. How do Nataraj and Sastri raise money for the celebration?
5. As time goes by after Vasu's death, what does Nataraj convince himself of?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Nataraj's first plan to keep Vasu from shooting Kumar?
2. What does Rangi's visit to Nataraj change at Nataraj's house? How?
3. Describe the uncomfortable interaction between Nataraj and the poet when Nataraj sees the poet passes by the fountain.
4. How did the police investigation turn out? What was the common belief about Vasu's death?
5. What is the celebration that is planned, and who is planning it?
6. What day do they choose for the celebration, and how do they choose it?
7. What did the police determine killed Vasu? Who were there suspects?
8. What happens when Nataraj travels to Mempi with the information about the animal hospital?
9. What incident with Nataraj happens in the crowds during the mayor's speech?
10. What happens when the group with the police inspector go to visit Vasu?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay about the religious and political affairs of India during the mid-twentieth century.
Part 1. Explain the British occupation and the consequences it had on Indian culture and life.
Part 2. Describe the non-violent protests that expelled the English. Who were the major players in the revolution? How did they achieve their goals?
Part 3. What were the major religions present in India at the time, and what happened when the English left?
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
In the book The Man-eater of Malgudi, Nataraj goes through a transformation. Write an essay about how Nataraj changes from the beginning of the story to the end.
Part 1. In the beginning of the book, what is important to Nataraj? How well does he fit into his community?
Part 2. As the book progresses, what influences exert pressure on Nataraj and induce change?
Part 3. By the end of the book, how has Nataraj changed? What is important to him? How well does he get along with the community around him?
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