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 tell Hamida their life together will be like?

2. What does Hamida believe the stranger means when he says, "I'm just the one to take you!"

3. How does Hamida feel about the stranger's constant attention?

4. Why does Hamida think she will never eat lentils again?

5. What endeavor do Dr. Booshy and Zaita share?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Critics have said that Mahfouz presents his characters with great humor. Are there elements of this story that seem funny to you? What do you make of the fact that characters in the story who love one another often speak to each other with exaggerated hatred and disdain and in direct opposition to their real feelings? Much of humor is difficult to translate from one language or cultural setting to another. Select incidents from the story which could be interpreted as comical and explain what could make them funny.

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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