The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia 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 was the American woman shown at the tea house ceremony?

2. Where were Ghosh and Rahman from?

3. Why did the train stop outside Nagoya?

4. Which religion's festival was banned in India?

5. What drug was the Burmese man using on the way to the viaduct?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Theroux leave behind his passport and camera while trying to go to the Goktiek Viaduct?

2. Who were the American-looking children Theroux saw throughout Vietnam?

3. Why were there no skiers on the mountain in Japan, despite the large amount of perfect snow?

4. Why did Theroux say that the Malay smile was misleading?

5. What was Theroux's reaction to the sight of the Goktiek Viaduct?

6. How did Theroux feel about the fast trains between cities in Japan?

7. What are the differences between Japanese and American consumers?

8. How did Mr. Bernard treat Theroux at his mansion in maymyo?

9. What did Theroux find disturbing about Osaka?

10. Why were the Vietnamese focused on providing foreign visitors with privileges?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

An Indian man on board the train with Theroux in Lahore told the author he was fleeing racism in London. One of the things he complained about was being stared at. In response, Theroux pointed out he was stared at in Asia. While the language the Indian faced in London was obviously racist, did the staring fall into the same category? Why did the man seem unable to recognize the implications of being kicked out of first class? How did Theroux react to the stares he received and did he seem to view them as racist? Were either one (the Indian or Theroux) being naive?

Essay Topic 2

In his descriptions of some of the railway stations through which he traveled, Theroux made it clear that many of the stations were ornate and reflected either the culture of the nation or the culture of the former colonial authority. Write an essay outlining how countries use railway station architecture to highlight their unique cultures. Does the effort to incorporate local styles help provide visitors with a better sense and appreciation of the country? What do you think Theroux could have learned from stations without any unique cultural aspects? What impact would homogenization have? Would it make all cultures seem similar?

Essay Topic 3

Yashar Kemal, the Marxist highly critical of the Soviet Union, was full of contradictions, according to Theroux. The author's traveling companion, Molesworth, commented that the Turks lacked character because they were neutral during World War II. Would the inability of a nation to take sides during that pivotal and generation-defining war affect the nation's character? What other nations were neutral during WWII? What impact, if any, did that have on their cultural development later on? Does neutrality lead to dullness or vice versa? Did Theroux seem to find the Turks dull?

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