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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 Sastri do when he hears of Vasu's demise?
2. What strikes Nataraj about the scene when he sees Vasu?
3. What does Vasu want Nataraj to do for him?
4. What does the post man tell Nataraj?
5. What does Nataraj's wife do when interviewed by the police?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the uncomfortable interaction between Nataraj and the poet when Nataraj sees the poet passes by the fountain.
2. How did the police investigation turn out? What was the common belief about Vasu's death?
3. Rangi and Nataraj discuss several things when she taps on the grille of the press. What do they discuss and what is their conversation like?
4. How is Vasu's death discovered and made known?
5. What incident with Nataraj happens in the crowds during the mayor's speech?
6. What is Nataraj's first plan to keep Vasu from shooting Kumar?
7. What happens when Nataraj visits Vasu as the procession approaches?
8. What happens when the group with the police inspector go to visit Vasu?
9. What is the final interaction that Nataraj has with the adjournment lawyer? How is this different than the previous ones?
10. What thoughts consume Nataraj the day of the festival? What action does he take to prevent the thing he fears from happening.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
All the main characters in The Man-eater of Malgudi represent some faction or sentiment of the English occupation of India.
Part 1. What does each character represent? Are they blatant or subtle?
Part 2. How is each character identifiable as representing the person or thing of historical India? Give some examples of how each character is identifiable.
Part 3. Do any of the characters change during the book? If so, what does this mean, and do they represent a historical change as well?
Essay Topic 2
In The Man-Eater of Malgudi the animal hospital is nothing but a barren field despite the fully trained veterinarian and all his equipment sitting in the little shack. Write an essay about the difficulties of international aid.
Part 1. Explain the situation of the animal hospital in The Man-Eater of Malgudi.
Part 2. Is there blame to be assigned to any party in such a situation? Who? What could have been done for a better result?
Part 3. What are some of the crucial aspects to keep in mind when developing international aid projects? Are there logical steps to take to avoid wastes such as the animal hospital?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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