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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was on the marble slabs at the Galta temple entrance?
(a) A list of service times.
(b) A list of religious beliefs.
(c) A list of prohibited activities.
(d) A list of temple members.

2. Which faith is holy in the city of Amritsar?
(a) Islam.
(b) Sikhism.
(c) Buddhism.
(d) Hinduism.

3. What is the current name of Ceylon?
(a) Burma.
(b) Myanmar.
(c) Siam.
(d) Sri Lanka.

4. What term did the Accountant General use when describing the people trying to cheat the government or seek bribes?
(a) Baksheesh.
(b) Blighters.
(c) Layabouts.
(d) Commies.

5. How long had the English engineer been staying in rural Iran when Theroux met him on the train in Chapter 5?
(a) Four months.
(b) Two months.
(c) Six months.
(d) One year.

Short Answer Questions

1. What Russian writer did Theroux read on the trip in Chapter 7?

2. Approximately how many of these animals did Theroux see?

3. What Dickens book was Theroux reading in Chapter 3?

4. What was the birthplace of the Indian who grew up in Britain and left because of racism?

5. What religion was the ship's second mate who disliked Indians and Ceylonese?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Theroux describe the Australians he encountered on the trains?

2. What was the Indian professor's view of Mr. Gopal's ignorance?

3. Why was the destruction of the coral reefs a perfect example of the improvidence of the Ceylonese?

4. Describe Mr. Gopal, the embassy liaison man showing the tourist sites to Theroux in Chapter 11.

5. Why was Theroux unwilling to explain his first impressions of India to Vishnua Bhardwaj, the Accountant General on the train to Simla?

6. Describe the Tamils as encountered by Theroux in Chapter 12.

7. Why did Duffill appear to be so mysterious to Theroux?

8. Describe the Afghan prison conditions mentioned by Mr. Haq in Chapter 6.

9. Describe the city of Teheran as encountered by Theroux in Chapter 4.

10. In Theroux's view, how did the strictures of Islam affect Pakistani men?

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