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. Who does Rashid blame as the reason he has lost his ability to tell stories?

2. What color is Batcheat's hair?

3. How long does Haroun's attention span last for?

4. Why is it difficult to get a ticket for the buses leaving the depot?

5. What does Kosh-Mar mean?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Prince Bolo think of Batcheat?

2. Describe the Dark Ship.

3. What is the "Old Zone"?

4. How does Haroun feel when he is captured by Khattam-Shud's men?

5. What does Blabbermouth think of Mudra?

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

7. Why does Soraya choose to leave her family?

8. Describe Rashid.

9. What does the Gup army look like?

10. What does the Bezaban idol look like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Love is yet another reoccurring theme in "Haroun and the Sea of Stories". Romantic love can be exemplified in the relationship Prince Bolo and Princess Batcheat share. Meanwhile the love of friendship can be seen in the relationships between other minor characters. Write an essay that explains why love is important to the plot of the story. How do romantic love and the love of friendship differ? Why do Prince Bolo and Princess Batcheat share a relationship that revolves around romantic love? What role does love play in the evolution of Haroun's character? Explain your rationale by providing examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Salman Rushdie named many of his characters and locations after Hindustani words and figures. Haroun himself is named after a legendary figure of Baghdad. Write an essay that explains which characters and locations were derived from Hindustani, and what their meanings are. How did Salman Rushdie relate these characters to their real life meanings? Are the characters in the book privy to this information? Be sure the provide examples to support your work.

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