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. Who does Hosny drive to Mazarita?

3. What does Amer wish to trust again?

4. What does Sarhan relate?

5. About what does Amer warn Zohra?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the encounter between Zohra, Hosny and Sarhan.

2. About what is Amer dreaming when he hears a ruckus in the hallway?

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

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

5. What commotion in the hallway does Hosny respond to, and what does he do?

6. How does Hosny feel towards marriage and women?

7. How does Hosny feel about old people?

8. With whom does Hosny hook up after leaving the Umm Kulthum at intermission, and what is the woman's advice to him?

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

10. How do Zohra and Amer have a chance to talk and how does Zohra feel about the two older, male boarders?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Politics and religion both play major roles in "Miramar". Discuss the following;

1. Thoroughly trace and analyze Amer Wagdi's thoughts and beliefs about religion, using specific examples from the text. Do the same with one other character of your choice.

2. Compare/contrast the political beliefs and past activities of Amer Wagdi with that of Tolba Marzuq. How are they alike? How are they different? Which views do you find more appealing? Why?

3. Choose one other character and thoroughly trace/analyze his/her political views and past and present activities. How important are the views to the character? How do the views influence his/her choices? Are the views rationale?

4. Choose one other character and thoroughly trace/analyze his/her religious views and past and present activities. How important are the views to the character? How do the views influence his/her choices? Are the views rationale?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Miramar". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters most need to grow as humans? Why? Give examples. Why characters seem to have reached close to their full emotional/mental growth? Why? Give examples What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of mental/emotional illness or immaturity in the book. Which characters struggle with some sort of emotional illness? Why? Which characters seem really healthy emotionally/mentally? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of tradition in "Miramar". What is Amer's view of tradition? Mariana's? Sarhan? Hosny? Zohra? Why is tradition important to some characters? Is anyone willing to abandon traditional viewpoints? Who? What are the positive and negative aspects to tradition?

Essay Topic 3

Naguib Mahfouz published over 50 novels, more than 350 short stories, dozens of movie scripts, and five plays over a 70-year career. Many of his works have been made into Egyptian and foreign films. There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book. Questions that Mahfouz may have wanted readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. Research the life of Naguib Mahfouz and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing. Write a 2-3 page informative essay about Mahfouz as an author.

2. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

3.. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Mahfouz's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Mahfouz's probable agenda concerning that idea.

3. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

4. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

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