Staying On 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. What regiment did Tusker belong to?

2. When Mr. Pandey, the lawyer's clerk, comes out of Mrs. Bhoolabhoy's room, what is she wearing?

3. What does Mrs. Bhoolabhoy call her husband?

4. What work did Joseph do for the church?

5. Why does Susy initially say she will not work for Father Sebastian?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ibrahim mean when he talks about going to England for the experience? What point is he trying to get across to Joseph?

2. As the new mali, Joseph, works, everyone acts as if he isn't there. What does each character gain from this behavior?

3. Why do you think Minnie is sitting behind a curtain to eat her meal?

4. How do you think it made Ibrahim feel to never see the endings of the movies? What do you think his reaction was years later when he saw the endings in England?

5. What does Joseph do with the lawn mower? Why is this important? Who is he crossing?

6. Why does Tusker cry in the bathroom?

7. What does Ibrahim dress in when Col. and Mrs. Smalley are guests at the Pankot Rifles Mess? What is this a symbol of?

8. What did Ibrahim do to care for Tusker through the night the first time Tusker fell ill?

9. Why is Tusker called Tusker? How did he get the nickname? There are two stories.

10. Why do Mr. Bhoolabhoy and Tusker get along? Why does Mr. Bhoolabhoy like Tusker? What does Tusker talk about that fascinates him so?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the symbolism of Ibrahim never being able to see the end of the movies?

Essay Topic 2

How does Lucy see herself as a tourist attraction? What does she imagine that she and Tusker should be doing when visitors come to add to the expectation? What is so different about Lucy and Tusker that people would travel to meet them?

Essay Topic 3

Lucy describes her life as sad. This is a special moment when she comes to this realization. For just a moment, she stops pretending. What about Lucy's life is sad? Why is she, in this moment, honest with herself? Why does she break from her own convention of upholding her facade? Why does the letter from Sarah bring out this reaction in Lucy?

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