The Man-Eater of Malgudi Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 Nataraj unwittingly do in the crowd at the celebration?

3. What does Sastri divulge about Rangi?

4. What is the debate at Mempi regarding Kumar?

5. What does the post man tell Nataraj?

Short Essay Questions

1. What thoughts consume Nataraj the day of the festival? What action does he take to prevent the thing he fears from happening.

2. What is the celebration that is planned, and who is planning it?

3. How does Vasu come to help with the collection of funds for the celebration? What do people say about him?

4. What interaction to Vasu and Nataraj have after Kumar and the mahout leave Mempi?

5. Describe the uncomfortable interaction between Nataraj and the poet when Nataraj sees the poet passes by the fountain.

6. How did the police investigation turn out? What was the common belief about Vasu's death?

7. What is Nataraj's first plan to keep Vasu from shooting Kumar?

8. What is the night and morning before the celebration like for Nataraj?

9. What happens between Vasu and Nataraj with Vasu's purse?

10. What happens when Nataraj enters Vasu's apartment after hearing about his death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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