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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. What problem had the judge and Bose had at the restaurant?
2. What happens during the important protest?
3. Who does the judge blame for the loss of his dog?
4. What does Sai tell Gyan is the purpose of her visit to his home?
5. When Biju arrives in Calcutta, how does the airline handle lost luggage?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the significance of Sai catching a cold in chapter 39 while she is obsessed with thoughts and feelings regarding Gyan?
2. Does Biju make the right decision in returning to India?
3. In chapter 39, why does Sai remain silent about her feelings for Gyan when Uncle Potty, Lola, and Noni ask questions or offer advice?
4. How are the cook's feelings about Biju in chapter 43 similar to the feelings Biju expresses about his home in chapter 41?
5. Are the characters searching for Mutt in chapter 49 all actually searching for someone else? If so, for whom are they searching?
6. In chapter 41, how does Biju's reaction to the travel agent's advice reflect Biju's idea of what constitutes a "better life"?
7. As revealed in chapter 32, what role did Bose play in transforming the judge's identity?
8. What do Biju's childhood memories reveal about his character?
9. In chapter 33, why does Sai feel jealous of the mothers and children in the restaurant?
10. Why do Bose and son continue to try to improve Indians' lives, no matter how unsuccessful they are?
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
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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