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. By what does Mansour think Zohra is probably driven?

3. What class is Hosny a member of according to Sarhan?

4. What does Sarhan long to do about Safeya?

5. What does Mansour pity in Zohra?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Ali and Sarhan's plans to gain money?

2. What are Sarhan's quick impressions of Hosny and Mansour?

3. How does Mansour react to Sarhan's announcement that he intends to marry Aleya?

4. Wat does Sarhan say about the Umm Kulthum concert?

5. What is Mansour's further impression of Zohra and how does he feel towards her?

6. What are Mansour's first impressions of some of the boarders at the Miramar?

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

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

9. Describe the fight with Safeya, Zohra and Sarhan from Sarhan's perspective.

10. How does Ali convince Sarhan to join him in the heist?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Naguib Mahfouz has tried as much as possible to use historical events and facts around which to weave his work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think "Miramar" qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much of the events in the book are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. What surprises you about the culture of late 1960s Egypt?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Miramar", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Miramar. (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

4. Many writers and critics say there are only a few plots in the world of fiction; it's what an author does with a plot that distinguishes a mediocre book from an outstanding book. Respond to this idea, using examples from Miramar and other books you have read.

Essay Topic 3

Certainly "Miramar" considers the subject of gender. Discuss the following:

1. Define the term "gender."

2. Does gender only refer to whether a person is male or female? Is gender easy to identify?

3. Discuss the Egyptian cultural definitions of gender during the era of "Miramar" and the expectations for each gender. Do any of those expectations exist today?

4. Would you like to live in a culture that has those expectations for men and women that are revealed in the book? Discuss fully with examples from the text.

5. Are women the only ones harmed by gender-based expectations? Why or why not.

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