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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. Why does Biju quit his job at Brigitte's?

2. Where did Sai's parents die?

3. Where does Sai spend Christmas?

4. What advice does Noni give Sai while she is tutoring her?

5. What happened between the judge and his wife after these initial problems?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the significance of the elaborate Christmas celebration in chapter 25?

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

4. How does Sai's having attended a Catholic school impact her identity in terms of the people around her?

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

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

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

8. In chapter 9, in what way is Lola portrayed as a hypocrite?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think the cook remains with the judge, even though the judge is distant and treats him unkindly? Why do you think the cook lies about being mistreated, rather than trying to do something about it? Do you think he would have remained with the judge if Sai had never come to stay with them? What role does Sai play in the cook's life?

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

Gyan is constantly being pulled in different directions throughout the novel. His love for Sai feels improper because she could never be the submissive Indian wife his family would approve of. In addition, he feels as if he should put aside trivial things like his childish feelings for Sai and become a man in order to fight for the cause of a homeland. Do you think his romance and fighting for a cause are necessarily mutually exclusive? Do you think it is necessary for him to make a choice, or could he have both? If you had to choose between the two, which would you choose, and why?

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