Midaq Alley Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why is Umma Hamida pleased with Salim Alwan's offer?

2. Why does Umm Hamida consult Radwan Hussainy about Salim Alwan's offer?

3. How does Salim Alwan deal with his family?

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

5. Where does Sheik Darwish live?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Hamida believe rich people eat?

3. Waiting for the boy with whom he has become acquainted, Kirsha suffers the "bitterness of victory." What is the bitterness of victory?

4. What does Zaita promise he will do to help the beggar who is too big and strong to gain people's sympathy?

5. How do Hamida and her friends feel about the Jewish girls that work in Cairo?

6. What does Hamida hope when the handsome stranger first talks to her - a hope that is the exact opposite of what she says?

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

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

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

10. Why does Radwan Hussainy tell Salim Alwan that he is better off with his sickness than others are with their health?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Evaluate the character of Sheikh Darwish. What makes him a holy man? What effect do his pronouncements have on those around him? As a stylistic tool, he is used by Mahfouz for foreshadowing and explanation. Use examples of both in your analysis.

Essay Topic 2

There is often a difference between what a character says and what we are told the character actually thinks. Analyze at least two circumstances in which this is true. Discuss probable reasons why the characters do not speak frankly to one another.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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