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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does the leader do to Jugga?
2. What does the little boy report about the river?
3. What does Chand consider stupid?
4. Who does Jugga reveal is the only one in the village able to read?
5. What do the villagers find in the river in the morning?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There is vast governmental corruption mentioned throughout the novel. Give at least three examples of this corruption and discuss them at length. What causes this corruption? What are possible consequences? Who is involved? What are possible solutions? Does this corruption lend to the air of violence and hate in the country during the time of the novel? Why? Would this corruption exist if there was not already a war occurring? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
In the beginning of the novel, how do the trains of Mana Majra play a part in the lives of the villagers? What activities coincide with the trains? What do the trains, at first, represent? As the novel goes on, how does the role of the train change? What does the train symbolize by the middle of the novel, as it is used to bring in corpses? What does it symbolize at the end of the novel? Is the symbolism different between Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs? Why?
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