Train to Pakistan Test | Final Test - Hard

Khushwant Singh
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Chand consider stupid?

2. What does Sunder Singh do to his family?

3. When Jugga is brought into Iqbal's cell, what does he claim?

4. Why wasn't Malli put into Jugga's cell?

5. What does Nooran tell Jugga's mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the primary themes in the novel is the concept of the communal action, both in terms of peace and in terms of communal violence. Explain the concept of communal action. In the beginning, what is Mano Majra, in terms of its sense of community? How is that changed? What is the sense of community by the end of the novel? Since no violence occurred inside the village as a result of the Hindu/Muslim conflict, what drove a wedge between the two sects? In the end, does anyone benefit from the communal violence? 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

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?

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