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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. How does Sai react when Gyan apologizes for what he said to her about Christmas?

2. How does Sai respond to Gyan's accusations about her being a copycat?

3. Why don't Lola and Noni trust their watchman?

4. What type of food does Biju deliver?

5. Where did Sai's parents die?

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 9, in what way is Lola portrayed as a hypocrite?

3. In chapter 19, why does the author have both the cook and Lola experience difficulty communicating with a loved-one abroad?

4. In chapter 28, how does Jemu's family's reaction to him upon his return from England contrast with his expectations?

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

6. What does the first chapter reveal about the social structures that exist between the introductory characters?

7. In chapter 5, what is the symbolism of the two-level restaurants with basement kitchens where Biju works?

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

9. What effect does Saeed Saeed have on Biju in chapter 14?

10. In chapter 29, how does Gyan begin to view Sai?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sai's unusual family life and relationships influence her in specific ways. Which characters do you think have most shaped the person she is today? Do you think she would be different if she had been raised in a traditional Indian family with a mother and father and attended a regular school? If so, how would this impact her character, her behavior, her relationships, and the choices she makes?

Essay Topic 2

Do Sai and Gyan's recognition of a common ancestral connection to the British bring them closer together, push them farther apart, or do both at different times? Are these similarities equally important to Sai and Gyan? Why are their connections to the British so important, so troublesome, or both?

Essay Topic 3

When Biju is scammed into paying to travel to Kathmandu for a training session, he witnesses a butcher calling a goat by the worst swear words imaginable before killing it. How do the butcher's actions symbolize those of the scammers? In what way is the scam itself complicated and ritualized, and how is the end result the same for Biju as it is for the goat? Why do you think the author chose a goat, as opposed to another type of animal?

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