Nectar in a Sieve Test | 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. Who is the moneylender?

2. Which of Rukmani's children is the most stubborn?

3. Whose child does Rukmani help birth?

4. When her parents restrict her freedom, what is Ira's reaction?

5. Even though Rukmani has to sell her vegetables in the village, the family is still grateful. Why?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Rukmani learns that Ira is barren, what does she immediately think of?

2. Why do Rukmani and Nathan not immediately return to their village after learning that Murugan cannot be found?

3. What does Rukmani learn from the three women she met at the river about her new home?

4. What advice does Kali give to Nathan and Rukmani regarding Ira?

5. After marrying Nathan and moving to his village, how does Rukmani react when she first sees her new home?

6. What realization does Rukmani find ironic as she mourns for Old Granny?

7. What deal is struck between the landlord's assistant and Nathan?

8. Rukmani sells her vegetables to a Muslim woman. What is Rukmani's opinion of the Muslim women and their coverings?

9. 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?

10. What does the doctor tell Rukmani and Nathan about Murugan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Rukmani and Nathan travel to the city to find their son. Instead of finding their son, however, they find his wife and learn that their son has deserted her. Ammu is now a single mother, as is Ira back in the village. Single parenthood drastically changes both of their lives.

a. Compare and contrast the lives of Ammu and Ira as single parents.

b. Compare and contrast single parenthood in the novel and in our society.

c. How did living in the city versus being in the village impact the situations of both Ammu and Ira?

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