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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Rukmani talk Nathan out of selling?
2. When the tannery officials are visiting Rukmani, what do they accuse her sons of being?
3. Chapter 18 opens with Rukmani going into town to sell some of her vegetables. Who does she now refuse to sell to?
4. Before identifying the intruder in her house, what does Rukmani do?
5. How many annas do Nathan and Rukmani earn from the overseer where they are working in the city?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
In the Indian village, daughters are seen as a burden, while sons are seen as a benefit.
a. Why are daughters seen as a burden? Give examples from the story to support your reasoning.
b. Why are sons seen as a benefit? Give examples from the story to support your reasoning.
c. Is the same true today, daughters are a burden, while sons are a benefit? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Nathan is portrayed as a kind, albeit poor, farmer. While this is generally true, the reader learns that Nathan is all too human and makes mistakes too.
a. Describe Nathan's character strengths and character weaknesses.
b. Give three concrete examples from the story that reflect one of Nathan's character strengths from the answer above.
c. Give three concrete examples from the story that reflect one of Nathan's character weaknesses from the answer above.
d. Identify Nathan's greatest mistake. Why does he confess to Rukmani and how does she react to his news?
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