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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. According to Gyan, why can't he find a decent job?

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

3. What is Sai's reaction upon watching the police strip the cook of his pride?

4. After he joins the Liberation Movement, why is Gyan angered by all the time he spent with Sai?

5. In his second year abroad, why does the wife of Biju's boss give him toiletries?

Short Essay Questions

1. In chapter 23, what do Sai and Gyan discover they have in common?

2. In chapter 3, why doesn't Bijou consider himself a man?

3. In chapter 26, why does Gyan begin regretting the time he spent with Sai as he becomes part of the liberation?

4. What miscommunication exists between Biju and the cook in chapter 15?

5. In chapter 4, why do Sai and the cook justify the manner in which the police treated the cook?

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

7. What effect does Gyan have on Sai when they first meet in chapter 13?

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

9. In chapter 24, how does Harish-Harry's comments about his workers contrast with the way he treats them?

10. How is the judge's house like the judge himself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The judge and Biju are both victims of very different types of Indian tokenization while they are abroad. The judge is allowed to join the ICS only because they want more Indian members. Biju is not permitted to apply for a green card only because he is an Indian, and there are too many Indians who want one. How is each character ultimately affected by the knowledge that he is being categorized solely on the basis of his ethnicity? Does the judge see his experience as good luck and Biju see his as bad? How do these experiences relate to the two characters' feelings about their Indian identity? How do the experiences affect their character development later on?

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

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?

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