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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. To what does Moraes refer to as the sub-condiment?

2. Why is Moraes estranged from his mother?

3. Which of the characters becomes enamored first of Leninism and later of Nehru's Party Congress?

4. What changes Camoens from Gandhi to Nehru?

5. What happens in the house after Epifania dies?

Short Essay Questions

1. Detail the demise of Abraham's mother.

2. Why is Moor thankful for Epifania's strict devotion to her faith?

3. What is the fitting scene of Moor at the end of the novel?

4. How does Moor excuse himself for writing about his parents sex lives?

5. By 1987, what is the annual ritual Aurora performs that eventually leads to her death.

6. How does the war affect Abraham's running of the family spice business?

7. How does Vasco Miranda come into the lives of the Zogoiby family?

8. How does Moor describe the Reverend Oliver D'Aeth, rector of the church?

9. Why does Epifania collude with her daughters-in-law?

10. How are the three girls, Christina, Inamorata, and Philomena, teased at school?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of at least two typed, double spaced pages Superstition: How It Affects Human Behavior. In the essay, use these examples:

(1) the annual Ganesha festival and Aurora's disdain for such a superstition, (2) Camoens' superstitions that eventually led him to believe Belle's ghost was haunting the house, and (3) Flory's superstitions that caused her to see visions in the temple tiles that eventually led to her death.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double spaced pages Rushdie's literary gimmicks. Main points of your essay include:

(1) the odd way the da Gama family adds -o and -ofy to words that symbolize their quirkiness, (2) the rhyming phrases he uses generally to belittle certain characters, (3) long hyphenated phrases to make for more powerful adjectives. Give specific examples of each in your essay.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double spaced pages on Man's Cruelty to Man. Divide your essay into three parts as follows:

(1) Uma's manipulations and murder plot; (2) the inhumanity of the Indian prison where Moor is incarcerated; (3) the ease with which Moor becomes the Hammer after his experiences with Uma and prison.

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