The Man-Eater of Malgudi Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Sastri divulge about Rangi?

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

3. What does Rangi tell Nataraj about Vasu?

4. What does Vasu offer Nataraj when he hears of the celebration, and what is Nataraj's reaction?

5. How does Sen help Nataraj?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The green folder with the accounts for the festival is the catalyst for some awkward interactions between Nataraj and Vasu. What role do the festival accounts play?

Part 1. What does the green folder represent? Why is its transference from Nataraj to Vasu important?

Part 2. Vasu never returns the green folder, but rather declares it lost. What is the significance of this?

Part 3. After Vasu's death, Nataraj sees the green folder and carefully takes it back without leaving prints so he won't be accused of stealing. Explain the significance of this scene.

Part 4. When Nataraj finally has the green folder back he still finds very little actual money. Rather, there is just the lists of people who gave money for the festival. Explain the symbolism behind this and the point R.K. Narayan is making.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the religious and political affairs of India during the mid-twentieth century.

Part 1. Explain the British occupation and the consequences it had on Indian culture and life.

Part 2. Describe the non-violent protests that expelled the English. Who were the major players in the revolution? How did they achieve their goals?

Part 3. What were the major religions present in India at the time, and what happened when the English left?

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