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 Ibrahim Faraj say is his true profession?

2. What part of Kirsha has suffered the worst damage from the heart attack?

3. What pleases Kirsha most about his son's return?

4. What does Hussain Kirsha say is the advantage of British nationality?

5. What happens to Zaita and Dr. Booshy in the tombs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Radwan Hussainy says that evil is a form of weakness or illness, causing people to be unable to recognize the good that is around them. Consider the problem of evil in this story. Is Zaita evil? Is Ibrahim Faraj? Is Hamida? Decide upon your own definition of evil, and analyze at least two characters in light of your definition, using evidence from the text. Then determine whether you agree with Radwan Hussainy's definition.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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