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. After Vasu's death, how is business at the press? How does Nataraj spend his time?

2. What is the debate at Mempi regarding Kumar?

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

4. How does Sen help Nataraj?

5. What date do Nataraj and Sastri choose 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. What interaction to Vasu and Nataraj have after Kumar and the mahout leave Mempi?

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

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

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

6. How is Sen able to help Nataraj?

7. What happens when Nataraj travels to Mempi with the information about the animal hospital?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In the Man-Eater of Malgudi, Vasu is labeled as a rakshasa that wreaks havoc and destruction wherever he goes. Write an essay about the destruction caused by Vasu.

1. Vasu causes destruction even as his livelihood. Write about the destruction Vasu causes in his pursuit of taxidermy, including both the initial damage and the consequences affecting those around him.

2. In what other ways does Vasu cause destruction? What are his intentions? Does he see the destruction he generates?

3. What is the destruction as seen by the eyes of Nataraj? What is the worst, according to him?

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