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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. With whom does Biju get into a fight at work?

2. What is one of the main privileges the judge loses when he first returns from England?

3. How does Sai feel about the cook?

4. Why does Gyan feel embarrassed to be seen eating with Sai?

5. What group of men does Gyan join after the New Year?

Short Essay Questions

1. In chapter 22, what does it tell us about Biju when he leaves his job at Brigitte's and begins working at the Ghandi Cafe?

2. In chapter 17, when Biju and Saeed part ways, why does Biju vow never to let anyone get close to him again?

3. As described in chapter 12, what is the difference between the effects of Catholic school on Sai and Noni?

4. In chapter 10, why do you think Biju is the only immigrant he knows who seriously considers returning home one day?

5. In chapter 27, why does Sai have so much trouble relating to Gyan's ideas about a Gorkha homeland?

6. In chapter 11, what do we learn about Indian servants' preferences for employers?

7. In chapter 8, why is Jemu so determined to reject his father's traditional Indian customs by refusing to throw the coconut overboard?

8. In chapter 27, in what ways do Sai and Gyan view Christmas differently?

9. In chapter 21, how do Noni and Lola's views of the Nepalese liberation movement differ?

10. How are the romance and the civil unrest in chapter 20 presented in a similar way?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the two types of foods the Indian patrons at the Ghandi Cafe consume? How does the balance of the two symbolize the dual identity they wish to display in front of the American patrons?

Essay Topic 2

What is the significance of the fact that there are a number of characters who behave like the British, but there are no actual British characters specifically mentioned in the novel? Why are they so totally absent, and what is the end result of their absence for the characters who've tried to emulate them? At the end of the novel, do you think life is better for the Anglicized characters or those who view themselves purely as Indians, and why? Use examples of specific characters.

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think the novel is entitled The Inheritance of Loss? Which characters in the book have suffered losses? Do you think "inheritance" refers strictly to losses carried over from the characters' ancestors, or are the losses inherited from some larger truth or influence?

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