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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 does Nataraj's wife feel about Rangi coming to see Nataraj at home?
2. What does Nataraj's wife do when interviewed by the police?
3. What does the post man tell Nataraj?
4. What is the overriding emotion in Vasu's plans to shoot Kumar?
5. Who killed Vasu and how?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. What is the night and morning before the celebration like for Nataraj?
3. What thoughts consume Nataraj the day of the festival? What action does he take to prevent the thing he fears from happening.
4. What happens when Nataraj travels to Mempi with the information about the animal hospital?
5. How is Sen able to help Nataraj?
6. Why did Muthu come to the press to visit Nataraj?
7. What happens between Vasu and Nataraj with Vasu's purse?
8. Describe the uncomfortable interaction between Nataraj and the poet when Nataraj sees the poet passes by the fountain.
9. What is the final interaction that Nataraj has with the adjournment lawyer? How is this different than the previous ones?
10. What is Nataraj's first plan to keep Vasu from shooting Kumar?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Rangi is a minor, but pivotal, character in The Man-Eater of Malgudi. Write an essay about Rangi.
Part 1. Who is Rangi? What might she symbolize or represent?
Part 2. Rangi exerts great personal influence wherever she goes, even though she is seen as a "lowly" character. She is also participating as a important figure in the center of the festival and the procession. Explain what R.K. Narayan means by this.
Part 3. Rangi is closest to Vasu when he dies, and has the most plausible plan of all involved to save Kumar. What does R.K. Narayan mean to tell us by this?
Essay Topic 2
The title of the book The Man-Eater of Malgudi is clearly suggests that one of the characters in the book is a rakshasa, or a man-eater.
Part 1. Who is the man-eater? Is there only one?
Part 2. What is a rakshasa, and what are their roles and stories in mythology?
Part 3. How do the actions of the character or characters indicate that they are rakshasas or man-eaters?
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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