Miramar Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Hosny decide about Zohra?

2. Why does Hosny think he should keep busy?

3. Who does Sarhan decide he is going to marry?

4. Who is Zohra?

5. Who does Hosny take driving?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Sarhan fighting a drunken Hosny in the hall one evening?

2. Who announces Sarhan's death and what is Hosny's reaction?

3. What is Tolba Marzuq relationship to Mariana, and what does Amer think of him?

4. Why does Hosny move to Miramar and what is his first thought about Zohra?

5. After dropping the woman off at Mazarita, how does Hosny relieve his tension?

6. Why does Hosny's attitude towards Zohra change?

7. How does Amer respond to the news that Zohra is taking reading lessons, and how do others respond?

8. Describe Hosny Allam.

9. What does Mariana offer Zohra and what does Amer fear about Zohra?

10. About what does Amer warn Zohra and why does he do so?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many events that happen in "Miramar" are foreshadowed by previous events and/or signs. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "foreshadow."

2. Why would an author use foreshadowing? Do you think it adds or detracts from your experience as a reader? Explain.

3. Trace and analyze five instances of foreshadowing in the story. Match up what is mentioned earlier and what it foreshadows. Did you guess that each instance of foreshadowing was a "heads up" of something to come? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

In the world of academe, historical fiction is often considered an inferior form of the novel compared to "classic" literature. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think historical fiction might be considered second-rate compared to the classics?

2. Do you think historical fiction has the same elements as the classics? Why or why not?

3. What are the purposes do you think for people reading "the classics"? What are the purposes for people reading historical fiction? Is one purpose better than another? Explain your response.

4. Would you read historical fiction even outside an educational setting? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss one of the following in relation to The Awakening:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Sarhan al-Beheiry and Hosny Allam. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Is either man's beliefs more worthy than the other? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Sarhan al-Beheiry and Mansour Bahy. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how two of the secondary characters help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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