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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 does Nataraj offer Muthu right away when he recognizes him?
2. How does Nataraj get back to town?
3. What sends Nataraj scurrying out of Vasu's room as the procession passes?
4. How does Nataraj's wife change when Rangi comes to visit?
5. What does Rangi tell Nataraj about her future with Vasu?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Rangi's visit to Nataraj change at Nataraj's house? How?
2. What incident with Nataraj happens in the crowds during the mayor's speech?
3. What happens when Nataraj visits Vasu as the procession approaches?
4. What interaction to Vasu and Nataraj have after Kumar and the mahout leave Mempi?
5. What is the final interaction that Nataraj has with the adjournment lawyer? How is this different than the previous ones?
6. How is Vasu's death discovered and made known?
7. How is Sen able to help Nataraj?
8. What day do they choose for the celebration, and how do they choose it?
9. 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?
10. Describe the uncomfortable interaction between Nataraj and the poet when Nataraj sees the poet passes by the fountain.
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
At the end of the book The Man-eater of Malgudi, the townspeople assume that Nataraj has murdered Vasu. Write an essay about this topic.
Part 1. Why do the people assume Nataraj has murdered Vasu? What is the historical statement that R.K. Narayan is trying to make?
Part 2. How does Nataraj feel about being accused of the murder? What does he do to establish his innocence?
Part 3. If Vasu had been alive when Nataraj went up to his room to save Kumar during the procession, do you think Nataraj would have succeeded? What would the outcome of that show down have been?
Part 4. How does the accusation of murder affect Nataraj after the affair is over? What are the long term consequences for him?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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