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 is the first class to which Ibrahim Faraj takes Hamida?

2. Why does Salim Alwan cling to his unpleasant life?

3. How does Hamida blunder while the stranger is watching her?

4. Why is Hussain Kirsha disappointed in Hitler?

5. How does Abbas learn that Hamida left with a man?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Determine what the main theme of Midaq Alley is, and support your answer with evidence from the book. Where is this theme seen in the book? How is it exemplified? Who does it affect? What role does it have in the plot?

Essay Topic 3

A protagonist in a story is the character who suffers most and learns most. Is there a single protagonist in this story? If so, who is the protagonist? Use evidence from the text to support your point of view.

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