Nectar in a Sieve Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. By saving four annas a day for their journey, how long do Rukmani and Nathan figure they will have to work before being able to make the journey back to their village?

2. After Rukmani turns in her stones and has been paid, she notices a group of people on the side of the road. Why have the people stopped?

3. How long does it actually take to complete the hospital?

4. What does Rukmani tell her family regarding Puli?

5. Who is Puli?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Rukmani and Nathan have the opportunity to experience both country and city life in the story.

a. Compare and contrast the living conditions in the city versus the living conditions in the village. Include generosity, living conditions, poverty levels, opportunities, and attitudes in your answer.

b. What are the biggest differences to Rukmani between the city and their village?

c. What, if anything, does Rukmani like about the city?

d. What, if anything, does Rukmani wish would change in the village?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the story, we see Rukmani's inner strength as she deals with the various situations that arise in her life. Identify the difficult situations and discuss how Rukmani's strength helps her endure these situations at the following stages of her life:

a. The early days of her marriage, before Ira is born.

b. The days following the monsoon.

c. After Ira moves back in.

d. When their farm is sold.

e. When they are in the city.

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