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 Salim Alwan's lunch do for him?

2. How often does Jaada go to the baths?

3. How long has the poet been reciting in Kirsha's cafe?

4. Why does Mrs. Kirsha hesitate to confront Kirsha about his erotic adventures?

5. Why do the residents of the alley think they've been suffering during the war?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Hussain Kirsha say that Abbas should be an Italian rather than a Briton?

2. Why does Kirsha come to Radwan Hussainy's home?

3. Why have Salim Alwan's sons drifted from the life of merchants and trade?

4. Why does Uncle Kamil have nothing more to do with Salim Alwan?

5. Why does Mrs. Kirsha go to Radwan Hussainy to complain of her husband's behavior?

6. Of Abbas and Hussain Kirsha, which was first to leave the alley and which was first to return?

7. What does Hamida believe rich people eat?

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

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

10. Why does Ibrahim Faraj refrain from having sex with Hamida?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Midaq Alley is set in a time of great cultural upheaval and change. What changes take place in the culture of the alley during the course of this story? Do you see generational differences between characters of different ages? Use examples from the text in your analysis.

Essay Topic 2

Mrs. Afify is superstitious. Describe her superstitions and the role they play in the plot.

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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