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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

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In Midaq Alley, many behaviors, such as smoking hashish, assaulting a spouse, bribing people to vote for a candidate, and maiming human beings, are tolerated that would be illegal under other circumstances. What is it about the alley that keeps reprehensible conduct from being punished? Does it seem to you that such laxity is part of the general culture or specific to the low level of economic and educational well-being that is seen in Midaq Alley? Use evidence from the text to support your position.

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