A River Sutra Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Nitin looking for the shrine in the woods?

2. The narrator took the job at the guesthouse after what event?

3. Why does the monk's father regret letting his son live in the West?

4. What does the river offer to the narrator?

5. What does Master Mohan see Imrat as?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ashok's father feel about him becoming a monk?

2. What is society's relationship with Naga Babas?

3. What does the narrator enjoy about Mahadeo?

4. Is the daughter trusting of Rahul Singh?

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

6. Is the narrator obsessive compulsive?

7. How does the archaeology crew affect the narrator's view of his escape?

8. Are the father's teachings nonsensical?

9. What is the significance of the guns in Chapter 11?

10. Does the narrator understand the human heart?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss "healing" in "A River Sutra": how are medicine, science, and fact placed side by side with faith and belief?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss "immortality" in "A River Sutra". What role does it have? Which characters does it affect, and in what ways? Do all characters share the same beliefs about immortality? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss paternity and childhood in "A River Sutra". Where can this type of relationship be seen in the text? Who is involved, and how does it drive the plot?

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