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. What is Bezaban?

2. What happens to Rashid at the end of Chapter 1?

3. What is the name of Buttoo's houseboat?

4. Why do the passengers fear for their lives while riding with Butt?

5. Why does Haroun wish to go to Gup City?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Rashid.

3. Describe Blabbermouth.

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

5. What does the Bezaban idol look like?

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

7. Describe Haroun.

8. Why does Butt the Hoopoe not move his beak when he speaks?

9. What is a Hoopoe?

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

Money is important to several of the characters in "Haroun and the Sea of Stories". Snooty Buttoo in particular values money and possessions above many other things in life. Write an essay that explores the theme of money within the context of the plot. Why does Snooty Buttoo value money and things like his houseboat? Are Haroun and Rashid impressed by grandiose material possessions? Are they themselves rich or poor? What is their opinion of money and do they care for finance? Provide examples from the novel to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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