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. While trying to raise money for the rent, how much money does Rukmani sell her clothing for?

2. After their first night in the city, what do Rukmani and Nathan own?

3. In order to earn enough money to return to their village, Nathan and Rukmani continue to work in the city in spite of the rain that begins to fall. How many days in a row does it rain?

4. After leaving the Collector's house, where do Rukmani and Nathan go?

5. Where do Rukmani and Nathan spend their first night in the city?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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