Haroun and the Sea of Stories Test | Final 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 brings Haroun and Rashid back to the houseboat?

2. What does Blabbermouth think of Mudra?

3. Who does Haroun wonder about at the end of Chapter 10?

4. What happens to Soraya at the end of the story?

5. Who ruins Khattam-Shud's generator?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Haroun puts Butt the Hoopoe's mechanical brain back in Butt's head?

2. What do Laminations look like and what purpose do they serve?

3. Why is Butt the Hoopoe seemingly immune to the poisonous waters of the Ocean?

4. Describe Mudra.

5. Why do some residents of Gup disapprove of Prince Bolo's reasons to go to war?

6. What happens when Haroun enters the P2C2E house?

7. What is a Shadow Warrior?

8. What happens when Haroun's wish comes true after drinking the Wishwater?

9. Describe the Dark Ship.

10. What does Khattam-Shud look like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Family is an important aspect of "Haroun and the Sea of Stories". Much of the plot revolves around the adventures of Haroun and his father, Rashid. Write an essay that explores the concept of family within the context of the plot. Why is Rashid important to the story? What role does he play both in Haroun's life, and also in the saving of Kahani? Why is Haroun's mother, Soraya, absent for most of the book? Does Haroun and Rashid miss Soraya? Explain your rationale by providing examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Writing style is an important element of fiction writing. "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" is no exception. Write an essay that explores the writing style of the author, Salman Rushdie. Address various components of writing such as perspective, sentence structure, diction, and grammar in your work. Explain how these things contribute to the flow of the narrative. Be sure the provide examples to support your work.

Essay Topic 3

By far the most prevalent theme in "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" is that of imagination and fantasy. Rashid is known as the Shah of Blah and the Ocean of Notions, and he is the one from which many stories flow. It is through him that Haroun is first introduced to the ideas of Moody Land and other such fantastical elements. Write an essay that explains why fantasy and imagination are important to the plot of the story. How do Rashid's stories help the protagonist, Haroun, throughout his journey? In what way does fantasy blend with reality to create something greater? Use examples from the novel to make the point.

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