1 What religion does Dr. Ebenezer try to discredit at the beginning of the novel? Hinduism Taoism Islam Buddhism 2 What information about Rajam does Swami tell his granny to try and impress her? Rajam killed a tiger when he was a small boy. Rajam's father owns a very fancy car. Rajam gets 100 marks on all his exams. Rajam plays cricket very well. 3 What is Swami's first reaction to hearing that his mother is having a baby? Great excitement about having a baby brother Great curiosity over what his baby brother might be like Lack of enthusiasm Fear over the attention that the brother will take away from him 4 What are all the actions that Swami takes in order to prepare his house for Rajam's visit? He forbids his granny from calling on Rajam, asks his mother to prepare a nice snack and wear a clean dhoti, and takes over his father's room. He forbids his granny from calling on Rajam, takes over his father's room, and cleans his dhoti. He tells granny all about Rajam and introduces her when he arrives at their house. He cleans the house, prepares afternoon coffee, takes over his father's room, and washes his clothes. 5 How is Rajam able to reconcile and bring all of Swami's friends back together again? By having Swami apologize to everyone By having his father mediate between them By admitting his arrogance and apologizing By promising them prizes from his house 6 After the examination, his friends discuss their answers. What lie does Swami tell his friends about his exam? He found the exam easier than expected. He was surprised by how hard the exam was. He finished a half hour early. He wrote a half-page response to a question. 7 How do Rajam and Swami brainstorm getting money from the coachman? They try and kidnap the coachman's son. They tell the coachman's son that they will gift him a special prize if he gives them the money. They bring their band of friends together to the coachman's house and threaten to beat him up. They tell Rajam's father, the police superintendent, to arrest him. 8 Where do Swami and Rajam meet for their duel and eventually reconcile? Swami's house Board High School The river Sarayu Albert Mission School 9 Why are Swami and Mani deeply embarrassed when they enter the door to Rajam's house? Their ex-friends had gathered and accused Swami of being a tail. Their ex-friends had been watching them pretend to be a blind kitten and puppy. They feel insecure in Rajam's wealthy house. Rajam is nowhere to be found. 10 What reason does Swami cite to the Board High School headmaster for why he needs to leave his class early every day? He says that his mother is sick and that he needs to go home early. He says that he has a headache. He says that he has delirium. He says that his baby brother needs him. 11 While his father guides Swami through a question involving mangoes, what question does Swami pose to his father? He asks whether it is the correct season for mangoes. He asks how much a single mango is worth. He asks whether the mangoes are ripe or not. He asks if the seller is willing to bargain. 12 How does Swami lose his cap in the protests? His cap falls off in the bustle of the protests and he's unable to retrieve it. His father takes away his cap as punishment for going to the protest. Someone yells that his cap is made in a foreign country, and he throws it away in embarrassment. His cap is stolen by a police officer. 13 What is Swami's father's opinion of the police superintendent, Rajam's father? He thinks the superintendent lost control of his officers despite his good intentions. He thinks the superintendent should have been more aggressive against the protestors. He thinks the superintendent is a butcher. He thinks the superintendent is necessary to keep law and order. 14 What is Swami specifically accused of the day after by the headmaster's peon? He is accused of defacing the facade of the school building. He is accused of urging other classmates to strike from school and attend the protests. He is accused of bullying his classmates who refused to join the strike. He is accused of throwing stones and breaking the windowpanes of the headmaster's room. 15 What is Rajam's opinion of Swami's new school, the Board High School? He wishes Swami would leave the Board High School and return to the Albert Mission School. He wishes that he could join Swami in his new school as he is miserable at the Albert Mission School. He thinks it provides an inferior education and looks down upon it. He misses Swami but hopes that the Board High School is a good fit for him. 16 When Rajam suggests that they form a cricket team, what name do they end up settling with? Excelsior Union Jumping Stars Friends Union M.C.C., Malgudi Cricket Club 17 What is the boys' response to the letter that they receive from the sporting goods shop, Messrs Binns? They send the requested amount of money in the mail and excitedly wait for their equipment. They do not understand the meaning of its language and think the letter must have been incorrectly sent to them. They argue over who should make the payment. They realize that they cannot afford the amount that the company wants for the equipment. 18 What is granny's reaction to Swami's news about forming a new cricket team? She thinks he should be focusing on his studies, not on sports. She worries about his physical safety. She doesn't know what cricket is. She is very happy for him. 19 How does Swami's attitude toward his new school, the Board High School, change over time? He resents the larger load of homework and starts to grow nostalgic for the Albert Mission School. He becomes closer with his new classmates and socially adjusts to his new life. He is relieved that he no longer has to take scripture classes with Dr. Ebenezer. He can't keep up with the increased load of homework and begs his father to let him return to the Albert Mission School. 20 Why is Swami late to every cricket practice? He often gets held back at school because he gets into trouble. He gets distracted by his granny when he returns home from school. He dreads going to cricket practice. His timetable at the Board High School lets him out later than the rest of the team's players. 21 When he visits the doctor to ask for a certificate excusing his early departure from class, he explains that he has delirium. What does he cite as its symptoms? He says that he has a headache. He says that he cannot concentrate in class. He speculates that it is a stomachache. He says that he has hallucinations. 22 Why does Swami not tell Rajam his plan to run away before he leaves? He thinks Rajam will try and stop him as him running away would put their cricket game in jeopardy. He doesn't want to Rajam to tell anyone else. The bell rings and Rajam has to leave abruptly. He doesn't want Rajam to worry. 23 While walking through the woods at night, hungry and exhausted, what does Swami hallucinate? He dreams that he is back playing cricket with his team. He mistakes a tree trunk for his mother. He thinks that his father has come to rescue him. He dreams that he is surrounded by a tiger, elephant, lion, and whale. 24 Why does Rajam not get in the car to see Swami? He is too busy with the cricket game. There is not enough space in the car. He thinks Swami will be fine and resolves to see him after the game. He is upset that Swami has missed the cricket game and professes to no longer care about him. 25 Why does Swami end up gifting Rajam a volume of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales? Andersen is one of Swami's favorite authors. He knows that Rajam likes fairy tales. It's the only book that he respects and has too many unpronounceable English words for him to read completely. He hopes that it will serve as a positive token of their friendship.