Midaq Alley 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 does Mrs. Afify suspect is causing Umm Hamida to delay in finding her a husband?

2. How do the residents of the alley believe women should be treated?

3. What does Salim Alwan's lunch do for him?

4. What does Mrs. Afify want from Umm Hamida?

5. Why does Hamida fear marriage?

Short Essay Questions

1. How could Salim Alwan earn the respected title of "bey?"

2. What does Hamida believe rich people eat?

3. Why does Ibrahim Faraj select the name Titi for Hamida?

4. How had Sheikh Darwish become a homeless man of God?

5. When Kirsha shows anger toward Sheikh Darwish, he appeals to Zainab. Who is she and why does Sheikh Darwish pray to her?

6. What relationship does the Kirsha family have to Hamida?

7. When Hussain Kirsha returns home in a sorry state, who does he blame for his troubles?

8. How does Hamida feel about questions of morality?

9. Why does Dr. Booshy dislike Mrs. Afify?

10. When Abbas comes home to the alley on holiday, Uncle Kamil follows him to the cafe, and then asks Abbas to return to the sweet shop with him. Why is Uncle Kamil staying so close to Abbas?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What effect on Mahfouz' storytelling was created by the fact that his audience had a low level of literacy and were unlikely to have ever read a novel before this one? What probable effects of those facts can you demonstrate in the text?

Essay Topic 2

Women in Midaq Alley have very limited spheres of action. What can they do to improve their situations? Consider their access to health care, education, employment, and marriage prospects.

Essay Topic 3

Much of the conversation among alley residents contains old sayings that are familiar to them: "A good jug pours forth good water." It is always the carpenter's door that needs repair," " Only a fool refuses generosity." Scan through the book and select several of these proverbs to explain. Use the context in which they are spoken for your explanations.

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