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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. How do Sastri and Nataraj choose a day for the celebration?
3. Who comes to visit Nataraj at home while he is resting?
4. Who is Kumar?
5. What does Vasu offer Nataraj when he hears of the celebration, and what is Nataraj's reaction?
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 happens when Nataraj enters Vasu's apartment after hearing about his death?
3. What interaction to Vasu and Nataraj have after Kumar and the mahout leave Mempi?
4. What thoughts consume Nataraj the day of the festival? What action does he take to prevent the thing he fears from happening.
5. What does Rangi's visit to Nataraj change at Nataraj's house? How?
6. How does Sastri say that demons usually meet their demise?
7. What incident with Nataraj happens in the crowds during the mayor's speech?
8. What does Sastri learn from Rangi about how Vasu died?
9. Describe the uncomfortable interaction between Nataraj and the poet when Nataraj sees the poet passes by the fountain.
10. What happens between Vasu and Nataraj with Vasu's purse?
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
In The Man-Eater of Malgudi the animal hospital is nothing but a barren field despite the fully trained veterinarian and all his equipment sitting in the little shack. Write an essay about the difficulties of international aid.
Part 1. Explain the situation of the animal hospital in The Man-Eater of Malgudi.
Part 2. Is there blame to be assigned to any party in such a situation? Who? What could have been done for a better result?
Part 3. What are some of the crucial aspects to keep in mind when developing international aid projects? Are there logical steps to take to avoid wastes such as the animal hospital?
Essay Topic 3
R.K. Narayan portrays and unflattering picture of science and logic in The Man-eater of Malgudi. Write an essay about this topic.
Part 1. What character most represents a scientific and logical standpoint? How does this character get along with those around him? What is he governed by?
Part 2. Who is most counters science and logic in the book? How?
Part 3. Cite some interactions between characters to give insight into the point R.K. Narayan is making about the interaction of the spiritual with logic and science.
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