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. Who does Terry invite to a showing of the play, in hopes of securing a job?

2. Who first sleeps together at Pyke's house in Part Two, Chapter Thirteen?

3. Whose baby is Jamila pregnant with?

4. Who does Karim decide to base his second characterization on?

5. How has Charlie changed his band in Part Two, Chapter Ten?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Eleanor demonstrating a manipulative side by Part Two, Chapter Thirteen?

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

3. What emotional interaction occurs between Terry and Karim, spurred by Karim's opportunity to go to America?

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

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

6. How do Karim and Haroon compare and reflect one another at the end of the novel?

7. Who dies in Part Two, Chapter Fourteen, and how does he or she meet their demise?

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

9. After returning to London, in what ways does Karim realize he is finally an adult?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare Karim's kind and sympathetic side with his selfish side, providing multiple examples of both. How does each instance help Karim discover who he truly is? Which side won out in the end?

Essay Topic 2

Define 'character foil' and explain how each of the following characters acted as a foil to Karim.

1. Haroon

2. Anwar

3. Changez

Essay Topic 3

In what ways did the author use Irony in The Buddha of Suburbia? Explain at least two instances of irony in the novel.

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