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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. Where in New York is Brigitte's restaurant located?

2. Who approaches the judge's house at the beginning of the novel?

3. Where did the judge attend college?

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

5. Why wasn't Gyan hired for the job in Calcutta?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As civilization breaks down in the Indian village, the rich ultimately pay the price. Would they have been treated differently if they had given all their money to the liberation cause when the unrest had begun? Or is it inevitable that they would be viewed as upper class and shunned and taken advantage of, regardless of their current status?

Essay Topic 3

How does the judge's house during the rainy season symbolize what is happening to the judge himself? What does this have to do with his past, and the way he lives his life today?

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