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 have Sastri and Nataraj given themselves some peace from the hyena and prostitutes?

2. What does Nataraj remove from Vasu's apartment?

3. What reason does Sastri give for being delayed returning from his niece's wedding?

4. Why does K.J. come to the press?

5. What undertaking does Vasu take over from the unwilling Nataraj for the celebration?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Vasu's death discovered and made known?

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

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

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

6. How is Sen able to help Nataraj?

7. How does Sastri say that demons usually meet their demise?

8. What does Rangi's visit to Nataraj change at Nataraj's house? How?

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

10. What happens when Nataraj visits Vasu as the procession approaches?

Essay Topics

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

"The universe," says Sastri, "has survived all the rakshasas that were ever born. Every demon carries within him, unknown to himself, a tiny seed of self-destruction, and goes up in thin air at the most unexpected moment."

This quote by Sastri represents a central theme of the book: the conflict of good and evil. Write an essay about the sentiment behind this quote.

Part 1. Do you agree with Sastri's sentiment? Does evil carry the seed of its own destruction?

Part 2. Cite other works, religious or fictional, that address this concept. What do they have to say?

Essay Topic 3

Consider this famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated."

Part 1. Do you agree with the quote? Why or why not?

Part 2. Why is this theme central to the story The Man-eater of Malgudi?

Part 3. How does the treatment of animals help define the characters of Nataraj and Vasu?

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