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

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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 does Haroun wish to go to Gup City?

2. Where is the Town of G?

3. Who meets Rashid and Haroun at the railway station?

4. Why does Iff agree to take Haroun to Gup City?

5. Where is Dull Lake?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mali.

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

3. Why does Haroun dislike long goodbyes?

4. What does Dull Lake look like?

5. What does Khattam-Shud look like?

6. Describe Butt.

7. What does the Gup army look like?

8. Why are Guppees unsure of what to do with spies?

9. What is the "Old Zone"?

10. Describe Blabbermouth.

Essay Topics

Violence and war are minor themes in "Haroun and the Sea of Stories". Toward the end of the story, the cities of Gup and Chup go to war. Write an essay that explores how Salman Rushie is able to convey the ideas of war without extreme violence. Where do most of the casualties of the war come from? How does Salman Rushie convey the idea of battle without bloodshed? Does he show more sympathy for one side than the other? Is his version of war realistic? Explain your rationale by providing examples from the book.

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.

The world of Kahani features many literary-themed components. Among these are the Pages of the Gup Army, and the Sea of Stories itself. Write an essay that explains how writing and literature is important to Earth's second watery moon, Kahani. How does the name Kahani itself tie into the themes of literature and writing? Why are the Pages of the Gup Army organized into Chapters and Volumes? How does the Stream of Stories work and what is its purpose? Use examples from the novel to make the point.

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