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. How does Hamida see the choice Ibrahim Faraj offers her?

2. What does Hamida have that proves her popularity with the soldiers?

3. Why do the boys advise Uncle Kamil to put up a poster of Ibrahim Farhat, the candidate?

4. Why is Hussain Kirsha laid off by the British?

5. Why is Hussain Kirsha disappointed in Hitler?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

What effect on Mahfouz' storytelling was created by the fact that his audience had a low level of literacy and were unlikely to have ever read a novel before this one? What probable effects of those facts can you demonstrate in the text?

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