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. How many nights does the monsoon last?

2. How does Rukmani address Nathan?

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

4. What does Rukmani see as a positive result of the foreigners returning to the village?

5. Who are among the first to work in the tannery?

Short Essay Questions

1. Kuti's condition is improving although there still is no food. Rukmani attributes his improvement to her prayers. What is actually causing his improvement?

2. Chapter 3 opens with the village women insisting Rukmani not worry about something. What is she worried about and why?

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

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

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

6. What does Murugan's wife blame for his desertion?

7. What is a negative consequence of the construction workers suddenly appearing in the village?

8. After being returned to her family by her husband, how is Ira welcomed back into the family?

9. Why does Kenny think Selvam would be a good assistant?

10. Why do the villagers travel to Rukmani's home to see Ira's new child?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rukmani's parents arrange her marriage to Nathan.

a. Why do her parents select Nathan as her husband?

b. Why is her mother upset with their choice of Nathan?

c. What is the economic impact of the arranged marriage, for Nathan, for Rukmani, and for her parents?

Essay Topic 2

Old Granny and Biswas are both customers of Rukmani's. Compare and contrast Old Granny and Biswas in terms of their ability to pay, relationship to Rukmani, and standing in the village community.

Essay Topic 3

The book summary describes this story as the story of a woman "whose life was a gallant and persistent battle to care for those she loved."

a. Do you agree or disagree with that description? Why or why not?

b. Give three examples of how Rukmani's life was gallant.

c. What, in your opinion, gives Rukmani the strength to get up and face each day no matter what the circumstances are?

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