This passage isadapted from the novel A Passage to America by Aditi C. Thakur(? 2003 by Aditi Thakur).


1. It can most reasonably beinferred from the passage that the narrator regards her grandmother as:

A. comforting.

B. frightening.

C. foolish.

D. out of touch.


2. The narrator makes clearthat she shops for food in the mornings because:

F. that's when the producearrives at the specialty market.

G. her husband works late athis job in the university lab.

H. the outdoor market iscooler during the morning hours.

J. she used to shop in themornings when she lived in India.


3. As presented in the passage,how does the narrator's attitude toward living in the U.S. change from when shewas a recent arrival until the present day?

A. At first, she wasintimidated by unfamiliar surroundings, but she has since learned to blendIndian and American ways.

B. At first, she was excitedabout the prospect of learning new ways, but she has since become disillusionedby the people she meets.

C. At first, she enjoyedeating out at restaurants with her husband, but she has begun to miss him as heincreasingly works late.

D. At first, she is thrilledby the supermarket displays, but she now refuses to leave her apartment.


4. The third paragraph (lines14-26) primarily emphasizes that the narrator's visit to the supermarket ismotivated by the fact that:

F. the narrator and herhusband are both suffering from homesickness.

G. groceries are moreinexpensive at the supermarket.

H. unlike the specialtymarket, the supermarket is within walking distance.

J. the narrator can't find theitems she needs at the Indian specialty market.


5. When the narrator mentionsthe location of the produce section of the supermarket (lines 32-33), she isimplying that:

A. the produce section haseverything she needs to make dinner.

B. she is surprised that theproduce section is not centrally located.

C. produce sections in Indiansupermarkets are always out in the open.

D. she is surprised to find animported Indian product there.


6. How can the conversationbetween the narrator and the supermarket clerk (lines 43-47) best be characterized?

F. The narrator is pleasedthat the clerk is friendly and able to tell her where to find the items she'slooking for.

G. The narrator is shocked andupset by the clerk's hostility toward her.

H. The narrator is annoyedthat the clerk knew what she wanted before she asked.

J. The narrator wishes theclerk had been more cooperative instead of being distracted by her clothing.


7. The narrator refers to thesupermarket's "fluorescent ceiling bulbs" (line 54) in order to:

A. draw a contrast between thesupermarket and the outdoor markets she remembers from India.

B. explain how her perceptionof the store's offerings had changed.

C. suggest one reason that thesupermarket terrified her.

D. describe why she was ableto see the fruits and vegetables more clearly.


8. As it is used in line 79,the word unfriendly most nearly suggests that:

F. the narrator thinks thatthe clerk doesn't want her to buy the curry powder.

G. the narrator considers thiscurry powder to be different from the curry powder with which she is familiar.

H. the narrator doesn't likethe ingredients in the curry powder.

J. the curry powder has beenimported from another country.


9. The narrator apparentlybelieves which of the following qualities is shared by the old woman who runsthe specialty market and the narrator's grandmother?

A. Frailty

B. Stinginess

C. Sociability

D. Nervousness


10. The narrator indicatesthat, unlike her grandmother and mother, she:

F. doesn't always spend allday preparing the evening meal.

G. doesn't wear Western-styleclothing.

H. mingles easily with peopleshe doesn't know.

J. doesn't like airconditioning.



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