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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 does Mr. Bhoolabhoy think of Lucy?

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

3. What do Lucy and Tusker drink before they retire for the evening?

4. When Tusker and Lucy have lunch at the Shiraz, what is Lucy waiting for Tusker to talk about?

5. Who is married to Mr. Perron?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Joseph react when Ibrahim shows him the tool shed? Why? Why is this scene significant to the story?

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

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

4. How often is Ibrahim fired and why?

5. How did Tusker mark Lucy in India as a woman who had to work?

6. In Chapter 7 Lucy gives the reader a first glimpse of her feelings about Tusker's friendships with Indians. How does she feel? What are her racial views? How does she present herself to the Indians?

7. 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?

8. Describe the incident on the train. What was the origin of the violence?

9. Why is it important to the story that the Smalleys have no lease in effect?

10. Why does Tusker cry in the bathroom?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think Lucy describes her life as sad? What is her history? What is her present?

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

How does Tusker's death determine Lucy's future in India?

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