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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The narrator took the job at the guesthouse after what event?
(a) The guesthouse was renovated.
(b) He lost his other job.
(c) His daughter moved to the city.
(d) His wife died.

2. From a young age, the monk's father taught him to be what?
(a) Vicious.
(b) Non-violent.
(c) Loving.
(d) Cautious.

3. Why does Nitin create a new persona?
(a) Because he wants to assert authority.
(b) Because he doesn't take anything seriously.
(c) Because he was sick of his old life.
(d) Because he's running from the law.

4. Why must the narrator take Nitin back to the guesthouse?
(a) Nitin may try to run away.
(b) Nitin may have something spiritual to offer him.
(c) Otherwise, Nitin will be arrested.
(d) Because he has to be a good friend.

5. Why do Jain monks cover their mouths?
(a) So they won't get ill.
(b) To conceal their good looks.
(c) To prevent accidentally killing insects.
(d) To prevent themselves from talking too much.

Short Answer Questions

1. How has Nitin's presence disrupted the narrator's life?

2. Who is charged with Imrat's murder?

3. What does the river offer to the narrator?

4. Why are Nitin's friends surprised that he took a job in the country?

5. How do we learn more about Nitin in Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the ceremonies of becoming a monk?

2. In the doctor's opinion, is Nitin possessed and can he be cured?

3. What are the benefits of being a courtesan?

4. What does the narrator believe the purpose or use of the Narmada is?

5. Why does Dr. Mitra think the narrator has contracted the "Indian disease" of making everything holy?

6. What are the requirements of being a Jain monk?

7. What is the Vano ritual of purging a possession and how does it work?

8. What is the fault Tariq Mia observes about the narrator's attempt at enlightenment?

9. What is the narrator's dilemma with bringing Nitin back to the guesthouse after he's released from the hospital.

10. How is our narrator similar to the Jain monk? What is he lacking to be truly like him?

(see the answer keys)

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