Midaq Alley Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Hamida feel when she unexpectedly encounters Abbas?

2. How does Sheikh Darwish respond to Ibrahim Farhat's request for a blessing?

3. Why does Salim Alwan apologize to Sheikh Darwish?

4. What does Kirsha want from Hamida after his heart attack?

5. Why does Salim Alwan plan revenge on his wife?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Characters in the story face strong internal conflicts as well as external conflicts with people or circumstances. Select two characters who do battle inside themselves and analyze their conflicts.

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