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 Sheikh Darwish say about Abbas' love of Hamida?

2. What does Radwan Hussainy advise Mrs. Kirsha to do about her husband's behavior?

3. Who is the only person in constant motion in the cafe?

4. What relation is Mrs. Kirsha to Hamida?

5. Was is Radwan Hussainy an unusual landlord?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hamida mean when she quotes the saying to her foster mother, "It's always the carpenter's door that's falling apart?"

2. What does Hamida decide that she will demand from Ibrahim Faraj before she goes away with him?

3. How does Radwan Hussainy behave toward his wife that is in contrast to his treatment of all others?

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

5. What does Ibrahim Faraj tell Hamida that marriage leads to?

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

7. As the story ends, what are the residents of the alley preparing to celebrate?

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

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

10. What does Radwan Hussainy say can defeat all of life's tragedies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the character of Radwan Hussainy. How has he managed to live happily while enduring great sorrow and loss? What effect does his advice have on those who ask him for it? What do you see as Mahfouz' purpose in making Radwan Hussainy a central character in his depiction of the alley?

Essay Topic 2

The effects of World War II on the Egyptian residents of Midaq Alley are far different than the effects of people of different economic and social strata, and on people in different parts of the world. Using the text, explain how the war has affected these characters.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the effects of serialization on the structure of this story. Consider elements such as repetition, cliffhangers, gossip, and "tags" at the end of each chapter in which characters explain something that has happened to someone who doesn't know it yet. Find examples of each stylistic element of serialization and explain its use.

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