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 happens when Karim asks Eleanor for money, per Terry's request?

2. After the show is over, where does Karim tell Terry he is going?

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

4. When Karim and Eleanor argue at Pyke's house, why is Eleanor upset?

5. How many women are there in Pyke's group?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who is in Pyke's acting troupe, and how are they different from one another?

6. How does Shadwell tell Karim to portray his character in The Jungle Book, and how does Karim react?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Racism is a strong theme throughout The Buddha of Suburbia. Describe how racism touched the lives of at least three characters.

Essay Topic 2

In what ways was there a role reversal between Karim and his parents? What did his parents ask of him that is usually something a teenager would ask of their parents instead? How did Karim react to the role reversal?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of manipulation runs strongly through The Buddha of Suburbia. Every major character encounters manipulation, whether they are the manipulator or being manipulated. Discuss at least three examples of manipulation in The Buddha of Suburbia and what it reveals to readers about the characters involved.

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