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. When she finally earns enough money to return to Nathan's village, who accompanies Rukmani on her return?

2. What affliction is Ira's son born with?

3. When Rukmani goes to Kenny's house to visit with him in Chapter 18, what news does Rukmani learn?

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

5. Who is Brila?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Indian culture that Rukmani is born into, birth order is of vital importance.

a. Why is birth order important in Rukmani's culture? How does birth order affect sons? How does birth order affect daughters?

b. Where is Rukmani in birth order and how does her birth order impact her choice of spouses?

c. Where is Ira in the birth order and how does her birth order impact her choice of spouses?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Two women are generous and kind to Rukmani when she desperately needs it.

a. Compare and contrast Old Granny and Brila.

b. How do they each care for Rukmani?

c. What do they each provide for Rukmani?

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