Haroun and the Sea of Stories Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why do Haroun and Rashid switch rooms while on the houseboat?

2. Why is the story Haroun dreams strange?

3. Who is Mr. Sengupta?

4. What does Wishwater look like?

5. Who does the Hoopoe remind Haroun of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Bezaban idol look like?

2. Why is Haroun's "princess rescue dream" strange?

3. How does Rashid react to his wife's disappearance?

4. What is the "Old Zone"?

5. Describe Blabbermouth.

6. Why does Soraya choose to leave her family?

7. What is a Hoopoe?

8. What does Gup City look like?

9. Describe what Plentimaw Fish look like.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

There are many symbols throughout "Haroun and the Sea of Stories". The Ocean itself is one of them. Write an essay that explores the idea of the Ocean as a symbol. Why is the Ocean a symbol? What does it represent to the people of Gup City? Why is it important? Who is the Ocean most important to? What do the citizens of Kahani use the Ocean for? Explain your rationale by providing examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Khattam-Shud is the antagonist of "Haroun and the Sea of Stories". He is an evil man with a rotten core and dubious ambitions. Write an essay that explores the character of Khattam-Shud. What makes him the antagonist of the story? What are some of his beliefs when it comes to stories and imagination? What is his ultimate goal? What does he want for Earth's second watery moon, Kahani? Does he view the people of Gup as a threat? Use examples from the novel to make the point.

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