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 is Thanappa, the postman, different than usual the morning after the procession?

2. What is the debate at Mempi regarding Kumar?

3. What does Nataraj say was the greatest damage caused by the man-eater?

4. What does Sastri do when he hears of Vasu's demise?

5. While preparing for the celebration, how do Sastri and Nataraj keep up with work?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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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