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 does Abbas think Hamida talks of money rather than of love?

2. Why is Sheik Darwish always welcome?

3. What relation is Mrs. Kirsha to Hamida?

4. How does Hamida feel about Abbas?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Radwan Hussainy say is half of worshiping?

2. Why do residents of the alley fear Umm Hamida?

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

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

5. Which of the alley residents was most affected by the news of Abbas' tragic death?

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. What does Hamida believe rich people eat?

8. How does Hamida feel about questions of morality?

9. What has caused Sheikh Darwish to weep and how so loudly that all the alley can hear him?

10. Why does Hussain Kirsha say that Abbas should be an Italian rather than a Briton?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Midaq Alley is set in a time of great cultural upheaval and change. What changes take place in the culture of the alley during the course of this story? Do you see generational differences between characters of different ages? Use examples from the text in your analysis.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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