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 Tolba point out about the Soviet bloc?

2. About what do Mansour and Fawzi banter?

3. Where do Mansour and Doreya next meet?

4. Why does Sarhan want to cultivate a relationship with Mansour?

5. What does Zohra say about her and Sarhan?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Sarhan say about Mariana when he asks to rent a room and how does Zohra act when she sees him at the Miramar?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What do Mansour and Amer discuss one night?

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

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

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 2

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 3

"Miramar" ends on an unhappy or seemingly morbid note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why? not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Miramar" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Miramar" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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