Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan: Summary & Characters


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In Homeless Bird, Koly's marriage to Hari is what's known as a(n) _____, where the parents of the bride and groom negotiate a marriage between their children.

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1. What's the term for a price (which in Homeless Bird includes a nice pair of silver earrings) a bride's parents pay to a groom's parents as part of an arranged marriage?

2. Which character's death prompts Mrs. Mehta to move to Delhi in Homeless Bird?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The plot of Homeless Bird, as well as the roles of each character in this text, is the focus of this quiz and worksheet. The multiple-choice questions will ask you to link specific characters to their actions and identify terms from the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on the following from Homeless Bird:

  • What causes Mrs. Mehta to move to Delhi
  • Hari's marriage type
  • Who the work's title refers to

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the term used to describe payment from a bride's parent's to a groom's parents
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify who rescues Koly after she is abandoned in Vrindavin
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the characters in Homeless Bird

Additional Learning

Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan: Summary & Characters is a lesson that will increase your understanding of this text. Objectives covered include:

  • Know why Hari's parents rush to get him married
  • Review how Koly ends up working at the bazaar
  • Understand the role of each character