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

2. What does Nataraj speak with the adjournment lawyer about in their last conversation?

3. Who arrives at the last moment and is able to get Kumar to stand?

4. What does Nataraj's wife force him to do when she takes him home from the celebration?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happens when Nataraj visits Vasu as the procession approaches?

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

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

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

8. What incident with Nataraj happens in the crowds during the mayor's speech?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The author of The Man-eater of Malgudi is a respected and prolific author. Write an essay about R.K. Narayan.

Part 1. Biography. Where did R.K. Narayan grow up and study? When did he live and what important events did he witness?

Part 2. What influence on his work did the political situation of era he lived in have?

Part 3. What others works has he produced and what recognition has he received?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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