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. How does the boy respond to Kirsha's invitation to come to his cafe?

2. What does Zaita say is the most precious deformity a beggar can have?

3. Why does Zaita never refer to himself as "doctor?"

4. Why does Sheikh Darwish think Kirsha should love his wife?

5. How does Husniya react when Zaita reveals himself to her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between the way Abbas feels about Midaq Alley and the way Hussain Kirsha feels?

2. What bad habits does Mrs. Afify have?

3. What does Zaita say was the summer resort of his childhood?

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

5. Why does the news about Dr. Booshy and Zaita being caught robbing graves affect Mrs. Afify?

6. Why is Hamida pleased when Abbas says that what she has done will always stand between them?

7. What does Jaada do that causes Husniya to beat him continually?

8. What does Radwan Hussainy say is half of worshiping?

9. Why do Abbas' words of love have an effect on Hamida although she does not care for him?

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

Essay Topic 1

Radwan Hussainy says that evil is a form of weakness or illness, causing people to be unable to recognize the good that is around them. Consider the problem of evil in this story. Is Zaita evil? Is Ibrahim Faraj? Is Hamida? Decide upon your own definition of evil, and analyze at least two characters in light of your definition, using evidence from the text. Then determine whether you agree with Radwan Hussainy's definition.

Essay Topic 2

Determine what the main theme of Midaq Alley is, and support your answer with evidence from the book. Where is this theme seen in the book? How is it exemplified? Who does it affect? What role does it have in the plot?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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