Running in the Family 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. How old was the fort, where the old governor's home was located?

2. During what months did Michael's grandparents move to Nuwara Eliya?

3. What color were the cement floors where Michael used to live?

4. In what region of Ceylon was Jaffna located?

5. What was Philip Ondaatje's occupation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did a Dutch governor's daughter appear as a ghost?

2. What did Lalla look like when she was at the racetrack?

3. Describe the tombstone Michael and his family discovered in a church in Colombo.

4. What would people do after the races were over for the day?

5. Describe how a visitor would approach the old governor's house.

6. Why did Mervyn take a short trip to Ireland when the university closed down?

7. How did Michael eat the curry he had for lunch at the old governor's home?

8. Describe the kabaragoya Michael and the children found dead on the beach.

9. Describe the thalagoya.

10. What did Mervyn use at Rock Hill to deter the snakes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Mervyn's and Doris's courtship.

Essay Topic 2

Lalla and Rene de Saram were friends who were neighbors and became widows. Compare Lalla and Rene.

Essay Topic 3

During April and May, Michael's family would move to Nuwara Eliya. Compare Nuwara Eliya and Colombo.

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