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

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

Blabbermouth is strongest and most important female character in "Haroun and the Sea of Stories". She is the only one who plays a pivotal role in the saving of Kahani. Write an essay that explores Blabbermouth's character from a feminist perspective. Why is she a strong feminist character? What are her beliefs on work and society? How is she different from other female characters like Princess Batcheat and Soraya? Be sure the provide examples to support your work.

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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