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 does Sarhan long to do about Safeya?

2. For what does Zohra seem to long?

3. With whom would Sarhan wish to listen to the Umm Kulthum's concert?

4. What does Sarhan declare has brought him and Zohra together?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is Mansour at the Miramar and how does he feel about that?

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

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

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

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

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

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. Discuss the theme of choice in "Miramar". Who makes wise choices? Who makes unwise choices? Do you think Sarhan believes more in fate or free will? Why?

2. Debate the following statement in an argument/persuasion essay: Making several poor choices one after the other makes it more likely one will continue to make poor choices.

3. Rewrite the ending with Sarhan making what you think would be a wiser choice and then discuss why you believe it would be a better choice.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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