A River Sutra 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. Why is the narrator surprised that Uma and the Naga Baba parted ways?

2. The woman is on a _______ pilgrimage.

3. What is Shankar's profession?

4. What does the teacher teach?

5. How long has the elderly woman's daughter been held captive?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Several characters attempt suicide in "A River Sutra". Discuss this compulsion amongst characters.

Part 1) Success and failure.

Part 2) Individual situation and reason.

Part 3) A blanket, overall condition with enlightenment.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the use of storytelling or folklore in "A River Sutra".

Part 1) How does it aid to the portrait of religion?

Part 2) How does it aid to the portrait of India?

Part 3) How does it aid to the portrait of enlightenment?

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