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. When Muthu comes to the press, what is his relationship with Vasu?

2. Who comes to visit Nataraj at home while he is resting?

3. How do Sastri and Nataraj choose a day for the celebration?

4. Who arrives at the last moment and is able to get Kumar to stand?

5. What does Rangi tell Nataraj about her future with Vasu?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Sen able to help Nataraj?

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

3. Why did Muthu come to the press to visit Nataraj?

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

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

6. What happens when the group with the police inspector go to visit Vasu?

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Vasu is a central character in The Man-eater of Malgudi. Write an essay about Vasu.

Part 1. Describe the character of Vasu. Who does he represent from the history of India?

Part 2. Give examples from the book of the actions of Vasu and explain how they parallel and symbolize the English occupation of India.

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

A big part of the message in the book The Man-Eater of Malgudi was in the way the book ended. Write an essay about the final happenings of the book.

Part 1. Discuss the symbolic importance of the various characters in the final chapters; Include at least Kumar in the procession, Nataraj at home, Vasu in his attic, Rangi dancing, and the poet's creation at the heart of the celebration.

Part 2. Now discuss the important actions taken by these figures and how they relate to historical events.

Part 3. Discuss the death of Vasu. How many characters tried to protect Kumar from him? Did any of them succeed in taking definitive action against him? What did foil Vasu? What is R.K. Narayan saying by that?

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