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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 emotion does Nataraj experience while actually printing the book for the poet?
2. What strikes Nataraj about the scene when he sees Vasu?
3. After Vasu's death, how is business at the press? How does Nataraj spend his time?
4. As time goes by after Vasu's death, what does Nataraj convince himself of?
5. What does Rangi tell Nataraj about Vasu?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens between Vasu and Nataraj with Vasu's purse?
2. What does Sastri learn from Rangi about how Vasu died?
3. Describe the uncomfortable interaction between Nataraj and the poet when Nataraj sees the poet passes by the fountain.
4. How is Vasu's death discovered and made known?
5. What happens when the group with the police inspector go to visit Vasu?
6. What incident with Nataraj happens in the crowds during the mayor's speech?
7. How is Sen able to help Nataraj?
8. What happens when Nataraj travels to Mempi with the information about the animal hospital?
9. What is Nataraj's first plan to keep Vasu from shooting Kumar?
10. What did the police determine killed Vasu? Who were there suspects?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The concept of pride is a recurring theme in the book The Man-eater of Malgudi. Write an essay about pride and how it relates to the book.
Part 1. What is pride? What forms can it take and what influences or changes its qualities?
Part 2. How does pride play a role in the novel The Man-eater of Malgudi? What message does the book have about it?
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
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?
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