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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long ago did a bus plunge into the gully?

2. How many soliders does Buttoo travel with?

3. What is the only word Rashid can say at the end of Chapter 1?

4. Where is Gup City built?

5. What does Kosh-Mar mean?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Arabian Nights Plus One look like?

2. Where did the Walrus get his name from?

3. Why does Butt agree to help Haroun by driving him to the Valley of K?

4. What happens to the Ocean of Kahani when it is polluted?

5. Describe Iff and where he comes from.

6. What is Moody Land?

7. Why is Haroun embarrassed when he is unable to use his Wishwater properly?

8. What is a Hoopoe?

9. Why are Haroun and the other passengers frightened of Butt's driving?

10. What is the "Old Zone"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Haroun and the Sea of Stories" concludes with a happy ending. Haroun and Rashid return home a success, Rashid is able to tell stories once more. Soraya returns home after realizing the faults of Mr. Sengupta, and the citizens of the sad city now remember the city's name. Write an essay that explores the conclusion of "Haroun and the Sea of Stories". What happens when Haroun goes to sleep after his return home? Why does he tell Butt the Hoopoe that he does not want to go anywhere? Does Butt understand his reasons for not wanting to go anywhere? Be sure the provide examples to support your work.

Essay Topic 2

By far the most prevalent theme in "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" is that of imagination and fantasy. Rashid is known as the Shah of Blah and the Ocean of Notions, and he is the one from which many stories flow. It is through him that Haroun is first introduced to the ideas of Moody Land and other such fantastical elements. Write an essay that explains why fantasy and imagination are important to the plot of the story. How do Rashid's stories help the protagonist, Haroun, throughout his journey? In what way does fantasy blend with reality to create something greater? Use examples from the novel to make the point.

Essay Topic 3

The world of Kahani is fictitious and at the same time real in "Haroun and the Sea of Stories". The author, Salman Rushdie, goes into great detail explaining how such a place would exist. Write an essay that explores the fictitious world of Kahani. What kind of place is Kahani? What does it look like and what is it made of? Why is it invisible to the people of Earth? What type of people and creatures live on Kahani? Be sure the provide examples to support your work.

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