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 Zaita never refer to himself as "doctor?"

2. How does the boy respond to Kirsha's invitation to come to his cafe?

3. What does Hamida believe is everything in life?

4. What does Mrs. Afify suspect is causing Umm Hamida to delay in finding her a husband?

5. How does Kirsha defend his lustful conduct?

Short Essay Questions

1. What bad habits does Mrs. Afify have?

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

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

4. Why has Salim Alwan decided to take a second wife?

5. Why does Radwan Hussainy advise Umm Hamida that Abbas will be a better husband for Hamida than Salim Alwan?

6. How does Hamida feel when Ibrahim Faraj begins to woo her?

7. What does Zaita say was the summer resort of his childhood?

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

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

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

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

Analyze the character of Radwan Hussainy. How has he managed to live happily while enduring great sorrow and loss? What effect does his advice have on those who ask him for it? What do you see as Mahfouz' purpose in making Radwan Hussainy a central character in his depiction of the alley?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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