Nectar in a Sieve Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. On their first night in the city, what happens while Rukmani and Nathan are eating their dinner?

2. Where is Old Granny's body found?

3. What does Rukmani tell her family regarding Nathan's death?

4. Chapter 18 opens with Rukmani going into town to sell some of her vegetables. Who does she now refuse to sell to?

5. Upon her return to Nathan's village, where will Rukmani live?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Death is one of the themes visited throughout the novel.

a. Kuti, Raja, and Nathan all die in the novel. Describe their deaths. Who were they surrounded by? What circumstances led to their deaths? Could their deaths have been prevented?

b. Compare and contrast the effect each of their deaths has on Rukmani (Kuti, Old Granny, and Nathan).

c. How were deaths handled in the city versus in the village?

d. After Old Granny's death, Rukmani realizes something about the nature of people. What is it? Do you agree with Rukmani? Support your answer.

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