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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. What do Nathan's sons do on their one day off from the tannery each week?
2. What does Rukmani set aside at the end of every month?
3. After the marriage, Rukmani sees her new home. What is it like?
4. After learning that Nathan killed a cobra, Kali disagrees with his action. Why?
5. What does Ira wear on her wedding day?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Rukmani begin selling her vegetables in the village?
2. When does Rukmani realize that Nathan is sick?
3. Why does Rukmani's mother not approve of her learning to read and write?
4. Why do Rukmani and Nathan not stay with Murugan's wife?
5. Chapter 3 opens with the village women insisting Rukmani not worry about something. What is she worried about and why?
6. When Rukmani first meets the village doctor, why does she stare at him?
7. In Chapter 14, why does Rukmani give Kunthi what she has demanded?
8. What does Rukmani learn from the three women she met at the river about her new home?
9. Why does Selvam's decision to work with Kenny disappoint Nathan?
10. Why do Rukmani and Nathan not immediately return to their village after learning that Murugan cannot be found?
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
Poverty is an overriding theme in the lives of Rukmani and Nathan.
a. Describe how their family was poor. Describe how the family was rich.
b. Give examples of poverty in the lives of the following people:
c. Compare and contrast city and village life in terms of poverty and wealth.
d. How is city and country life different today?
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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