Sold 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. Where does Lakshmi go for her period of confinement after her first menstruation?

2. Who is the boy that Lakshmi says she is promised to marry in "Before Gita Left"?

3. What type of agriculture is grown around Lakshmi's village?

4. Into what country does Lakshmi cross with Uncle Husband in the narrative?

5. What item does Lakshmi describe Gita's father having purchased since Gita went to work as a maid in the city?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does a tin roof symbolize for Lakshmi in the novel?

2. What are the names that Lakshmi has given to her cucumbers in "Confession"?

3. What takes place in "A Trade"? What is the amount of money that is settled upon?

4. What is symbolized and foreshadowed by the woman who has been publicly shamed when Lakshmi gets off the train in India?

5. What custom does Lakshmi partake in when she begins menstruation in "First Blood"?

6. How do Lakshmi's impressions of Auntie change in "Questions and Answers"?

7. Why does Lakshmi describe her first experiences of her journey to be "inauspicious" in "An Inauspicious Start"?

8. How is Lakshmi's family described in "A Tin Roof"? With whom does Lakshmi live?

9. Describe the impact of Lakshmi's journey with Auntie on her perception of her surroundings and home. Why do you think Lakshmi is taken on this journey in the manner she is taken?

10. What possessions does Lakshmi describe in "What I Carry"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author’s use of dramatic irony in the first sections of Sold. How does the employment of dramatic irony develop suspense for the reader? What other forms of irony are employed in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the character of Lakshmi’s stepfather in the narrative. Why does Lakshmi’s stepfather not work in the factories like the other men his age? How long has Ama been married to Lakshmi’s stepfather? Why is Lakshmi’s stepfather a hindrance to the family financially?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the character of Lakshmi as the protagonist of Sold. How old is Lakshmi when the reader meets her? How would you describe her personality? What does Lakshmi look like? How do you relate to this character? How does Lakshmi evolve in the course of the story?

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