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 Sastri and Nataraj choose a day for the celebration?

2. How do Nataraj and Sastri raise money for the celebration?

3. What is the state of the arrangements the morning of the celebration?

4. When Muthu comes to the press, what does he ask Nataraj for help with?

5. What does Rangi tell Nataraj about Vasu?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Nataraj travels to Mempi with the information about the animal hospital?

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

4. What incident with Nataraj happens in the crowds during the mayor's speech?

5. 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?

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

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

8. What is the final interaction that Nataraj has with the adjournment lawyer? How is this different than the previous ones?

9. What did the police determine killed Vasu? Who were there suspects?

10. What day do they choose for the celebration, and how do they choose it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author of The Man-eater of Malgudi is a respected and prolific author. Write an essay about R.K. Narayan.

Part 1. Biography. Where did R.K. Narayan grow up and study? When did he live and what important events did he witness?

Part 2. What influence on his work did the political situation of era he lived in have?

Part 3. What others works has he produced and what recognition has he received?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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