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

2. What does Kirsha believe is replacing public recitations?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Salim Alwan envy those who die of a heart attack?

2. To what does Radwan Hussain compare evil?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How could Salim Alwan earn the respected title of "bey?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

A character foil is one whose characteristics provide a contrast to a main character. Is Hussain Kirsha a character foil for Abbas? Why or why not? Compare and contrast the characters of the two young men.

Essay Topic 3

A protagonist in a story is the character who suffers most and learns most. Is there a single protagonist in this story? If so, who is the protagonist? Use evidence from the text to support your point of view.

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