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

2. Why can't anyone accompany Nitin?
(a) He runs too fast.
(b) Everyone's afraid of him.
(c) He asked everyone not to.
(d) No outsiders are allowed in the Vano Village.

3. As the narrator looks at the river one morning, who does the narrator imagine he may see floating in it one day?
(a) The monk.
(b) Tariq Mia.
(c) His wife.
(d) Himself.

4. Why is the narrator concerned about Nitin running off?
(a) He may not come back.
(b) It's not safe in the neighborhood at night.
(c) Nitin's father will be angry.
(d) Nitin is unstable.

5. Why is Nitin looking for the shrine in the woods?
(a) It brings good luck.
(b) It cures possession.
(c) It gives fertility.
(d) It's made out of gold.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the river offer to the narrator?

2. What is Tariq Mia's purpose in telling this story?

3. Why does the narrator not know that Nitin has gone?

4. According to the monk's father, what do people from the West see of India?

5. What does the monk claim he will gain from enduring the trials of being a monk?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Nitin live a charmed life before he moves to the tea estate?

2. What is Ashok's desire in becoming a monk?

3. What is crucial to Nitin's state of mind (then and now) that we learn through his relationship with Rima?

4. During the time of the elderly woman's story, was she helpless?

5. Are the father's teachings nonsensical?

6. What are the father's philosophies on music?

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

8. Why is the Jain monk's only love the human heart?

9. Why does Nitin create a new persona for managing the tea estate?

10. Is the narrator obsessive compulsive?

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