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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What happens to the train at the end of the novel?
2. What does Meet Singh try to explain to police?
3. Why did the camp commander decide to evacuate by train immediately?
4. What does Meet Singh argue, in terms of why the Sikhs of the village should remain neutral?
5. Where does the lambardar go at the end of this section?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe the monsoon, as it is presented in the novel. What is a monsoon? What is the area like prior to the monsoon? What does the monsoon bring with it? What generally happens to the villagers during this time? In the novel, what does the coming of the storms symbolize in terms of the violence of the war in India? What role does the swelling river have in the novel, and how does this coincide with the swelling violence in Mano Majra?
Essay Topic 2
Iqbal Singh makes several derogatory statements throughout the novel, in terms of the Indian people and their views and values. Choose two topics below and discuss Iqbal's view of that topic, in reference to the people of India:
3. Art and Music
4. Slavery / Freedom
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast the characters of Magistrate Hukum Chand and Iqbal Singh. What are their views on life? How do they see themselves? What are their backgrounds like? What image do they portray to the public, and is this image their reality? Why or why not? Does either character live up to his own standards? Why or why not? What does each character do in the novel to help the situation between the Muslims and the Hindus? Does either succeed? Why?
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