Miramar Test | Final 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 angers Mansour about both himself and Sarhan?

2. What does Mariana do when Sarhan asks to rent a room?

3. What does Sarhan say he and Zohra have in common?

4. What does Mansour think of Hosny?

5. What does Tolba point out about the Soviet bloc?

Short Essay Questions

1. When does Sarhan first see Zohra and what does he do?

2. Describe Mansour's version of the altercation in the hallway between an unknown woman, Zohra and Sarhan.

3. What does Mansour do when he learns of Fawzi's arrest?

4. How does Sarhan's relationship with Aleya develop?

5. What are Mansour's first impressions of Zohra?

6. Describe Sarhan's encounter with Tolba on the street.

7. Briefly describe Mansour's meeting with his longtime friend Fawzi.

8. Summarize Mansour's analysis of the time the boarders spend together the night of the Umm Kulthum concert.

9. What happens when Sarhan tries to kiss Zohra for the first time, and what is Zohra's reaction?

10. What does Mansour impulsively do when he meets Doreya at the zoo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Zohra Salama interacts with all the characters in "Miramar" and may be said to have a pivotal role in revealing the personalities of some of the main characters. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly trace and analyze the relationship of Zohra to Sarhan al-Beheiry. How do they meet? What are each of their first impressions of the other? Is the relationship between the two friendly? Honest? Healthy? How does the relationship develop and change over the course of the novel? Does either character grow as a result of the relationship? Does either character get hurt by the other?

2. Thoroughly trace and analyze the relationship of Zohra to Hosny Allam. How do they meet? What are each of their first impressions of the other? Is the relationship between the two friendly? Honest? Healthy? How does the relationship develop and change over the course of the novel? Does either character grow as a result of the relationship? Does either character get hurt by the other?

3. Thoroughly trace and analyze the relationship of Zohra to Mansour Bahy. How do they meet? What are each of their first impressions of the other? Is the relationship between the two friendly? Honest? Healthy? How does the relationship develop and change over the course of the novel? Does either character grow as a result of the relationship? Does either character get hurt by the other?

4. Thoroughly trace and analyze the relationship of Zohra to Amer Wagdi. How do they meet? What are each of their first impressions of the other? Is the relationship between the two friendly? Honest? Healthy? How does the relationship develop and change over the course of the novel? Does either character grow as a result of the relationship? Does either character get hurt by the other?

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

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss this book based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if it is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that "Miramar" falls within the genre of historical fiction changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

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