Nectar in a Sieve Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book 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. When Arjun and Thambi leave for Ceylon, what is Rukmani afraid of?

2. When Rukmani's mother is on her deathbed, who does her father send for?

3. What do the Arjun and Thambi do with their wages each week?

4. Right after the monsoons end, Rukmani and Nathan venture into town to purchase rice for the family. Why do they return empty handed?

5. Ira's husband wants to divorce Ira. Why?

Short Essay Questions

1. Rukmani muses that her husband is indeed a patient man for putting up with her in the early days of her marriage. Why does she feel this way?

2. When Rukmani and Nathan awaken from their first night's sleep in the city, why do they not eat breakfast before heading out to find their son?

3. When the men start building the tannery, they seem pleased to have drawn such a loud crowd. How does the overseer in particular behave?

4. Is the strike successful? Why or why not?

5. When the landlord's assistant comes to collect the rent, he feels bad for Rukmani and Nathan. Why?

6. Why does Rukmani feel ashamed after learning from the three women at the river about her new home?

7. The farmers gather dung from their fields early each morning. What is the dung used for?

8. When Rukmani and Nathan meet Murugan's wife, what does she tell them?

9. When Arjun and Thambi return home from the tannery after Rukmani and Nathan could not find them for lunch, what do Rukmani and Nathan learn about the day's trouble?

10. Why do Rukmani and Nathan not stay with Murugan's wife?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The book is entitled "Nectar in a Sieve". Why does the author choose this title? How does the title foreshadow the story of Rukmani's life?

Essay Topic 2

In the Indian village, daughters are seen as a burden, while sons are seen as a benefit.

a. Why are daughters seen as a burden? Give examples from the story to support your reasoning.

b. Why are sons seen as a benefit? Give examples from the story to support your reasoning.

c. Is the same true today, daughters are a burden, while sons are a benefit? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Many of the misunderstandings that Kenny and Rukmani have come from their different ways of viewing the world.

a. Discuss Kenny's world view. How does his world view impact his life and his reactions to life in the village?

b. Discuss Rukmani's world view. How does her world view impact her life and her reactions to life in the village?

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