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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which of Rukmani's sons actually dies from starvation?
2. Who does Rukmani actually find in the house?
3. Who do Nathan and Rukmani meet at the Collector's house?
4. Who does Rukmani try to sell her clothing to in order to raise enough money for rent?
5. How do Nathan and Rukmani raise the rent money they must pay?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Puli plays a very important and pivotal role in the latter part of the story.
a. Why do Nathan and Rukmani become attached to Puli? How does Puli benefit from their relationship? How do Nathan and Rukmani benefit from their relationship?
b. Puli is both a hardened city dweller and a little boy at the same time. Describe incidents of each side of the boy.
c. The introduction of Puli to Rukmani's family is significant. How is Puli introduced to Rukmani's family and what is significant about the introduction?
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
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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