The Buddha of Suburbia Test | Final 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 do Karim and Eleanor ultimately do about Pyke's invitation?

2. How does Karim feel toward Eleanor after they sleep together?

3. Whose baby is Jamila pregnant with?

4. Where does Pyke invite Karim and Eleanor in Part Two, Chapter Eleven?

5. In Part Two, Chapter Fifteen, Pyke's play opens with a small tour of ________ performances.

Short Essay Questions

1. The motif of manipulation comes to the forefront in Part Two, Chapter Thirteen. How has Pyke demonstrated manipulation at this point in the novel?

2. How does Jamila react to the death in Part Two, Chapter Thirteen?

3. How has Haroon and Eva's relationship changed by Part Two, Chapter Ten?

4. When Pyke invites Karim and Eleanor to dinner, what does Karim have to consider and who does he go to for advice?

5. Who from his life does Karim first select to inspire his character he must develop for the acting troupe, and why does he later have to change it?

6. What is the final straw that lead Karim to leaving Pyke's action troupe and completely cutting them out of his life?

7. What sort of overall reception does the play receive?

8. What aspects of Karim and Changez make them character foils of one another and likely allow for their strong friendship?

9. Under what pretense does Matthew Pyke enter the story?

10. What activities does Pyke have his acting troupe do as they come together for the first time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the birth of punk rock music in England during the era of this book, and the affect it has on Karim and Charley. Why would that music be attractive to them?

Essay Topic 2

Family relationships play a large role in the book, and in most of the character's lives. Select one family relationship to describe in-depth; how did it change throughout the book and how did it affect the plot?

Essay Topic 3

The women of The Buddha of Suburbia are quite strong in their own right. Compare and Contrast any two of the following female characters in how they demonstrated strength in the novel.

1. Jamila.

2. Margaret.

3. Eva.

4. Eleanore.

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