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. What emotion does Nataraj experience while actually printing the book for the poet?

2. What strikes Nataraj about the scene when he sees Vasu?

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

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

5. As time goes by after Vasu's death, what does Nataraj convince himself of?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What thoughts consume Nataraj the day of the festival? What action does he take to prevent the thing he fears from happening.

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

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

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

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

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

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 the celebration that is planned, and who is planning it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the book The Man-eater of Malgudi, Nataraj goes through a transformation. Write an essay about how Nataraj changes from the beginning of the story to the end.

Part 1. In the beginning of the book, what is important to Nataraj? How well does he fit into his community?

Part 2. As the book progresses, what influences exert pressure on Nataraj and induce change?

Part 3. By the end of the book, how has Nataraj changed? What is important to him? How well does he get along with the community around him?

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

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?

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