The Moor's Last Sigh Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. To what does Moraes refer to as the sub-condiment?

2. Why is Moraes estranged from his mother?

3. Which of the characters becomes enamored first of Leninism and later of Nehru's Party Congress?

4. What changes Camoens from Gandhi to Nehru?

5. What happens in the house after Epifania dies?

Short Essay Questions

1. Detail the demise of Abraham's mother.

2. Why is Moor thankful for Epifania's strict devotion to her faith?

3. What is the fitting scene of Moor at the end of the novel?

4. How does Moor excuse himself for writing about his parents sex lives?

5. By 1987, what is the annual ritual Aurora performs that eventually leads to her death.

6. How does the war affect Abraham's running of the family spice business?

7. How does Vasco Miranda come into the lives of the Zogoiby family?

8. How does Moor describe the Reverend Oliver D'Aeth, rector of the church?

9. Why does Epifania collude with her daughters-in-law?

10. How are the three girls, Christina, Inamorata, and Philomena, teased at school?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of at least two typed, double spaced pages on Rushdie's take on organized religion. Find in the novel explicit references to Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam and show how Rushdie discounts all of them as divisive and something to be avoided.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double spaced pages on Moral Lessons in The Moor's Last Sigh. Begin your essay by defining moral lessons in obvious works such as Aesop's Fables. Select three characters from the novel to show how eventually each one pays for bad behavior. Include Sammy Hazaré who pays for his hatred by killing himself as a suicide bomber.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double spaced pages on Moor as an Unsympathetic Character. Your essay should include the sympathy the reader feels for Moor early in the novel, such as his deformed hand and his aging disease. Gradually, however, he becomes more and more unsympathetic as he allows himself to be manipulated by:

(1) Uma, (2) Lambajan Chandiwala, and (3) Raman Fielding. Conclude your essay giving your opinion whether he is a sympathetic as he lies down in the cemetery to breathe his last sigh.

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