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 often does Jaada go to the baths?

2. Why does Salim Alwan avoid a political career?

3. What does Hamida believe is everything in life?

4. What effect has personal sorrow had on Radwan Hussainy?

5. What does Abbas say that falling in love has done for him?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what does Radwan Hussain compare evil?

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

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

4. Why does Abbas believe that Hamida feels the same attraction for him that he feels for her?

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

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

7. When Hussain Kirsha returns home in a sorry state, who does he blame for his troubles?

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

9. When Kirsha shows anger toward Sheikh Darwish, he appeals to Zainab. Who is she and why does Sheikh Darwish pray to her?

10. How does Radwan Hussainy feel about boredom?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story ends as it began, with a description of the alley. Do you think that Mahfouz would agree with the statement, "The more things change, the more they remain the same?" Or would he agree with Sheikh Darwish's statement, "There's never a heart that doesn't change?" In your essay, take one side or the other and defend your position with facts from the text.

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

Women in Midaq Alley have very limited spheres of action. What can they do to improve their situations? Consider their access to health care, education, employment, and marriage prospects.

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