The Moor's Last Sigh Test | 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. What does Moraes call the Black Gold of Malabar?

2. What is the play on words in the names of Aurora's four children, Ina, Minnie, Mynah, and Moor?

3. How did Francisco leave his estate and the Gama Trading Company?

4. How is Abraham's physical infirmity introduced?

5. Why does Aurora take her son to Lord Khusro Khusrovani Bhagwan and his charlatan mother-manager?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Moor feel about his parents union?

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

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

4. What conflict arose in Camoens when he went to hear Mahatma Gandhi?

5. What has Moraes left on his trail as he sits collecting his breath in the graveyard?

6. What does Moraes have to say about his mother and his lover, Uma?

7. What evidence does Camoens have that the ghost of his late wife is still in the house?

8. Describe Flory's condition for giving Abraham the emeralds.

9. What is the first thing Epifania does the day after Francisco dies?

10. How does Moor's rapid maturity physically create a problem in his life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 Uma as an Example of the Classic Villainess. Main points of your essay include:

(1) deception, not looking like a villain, (2) scheming, making careful plans, and (3) ultimately being undone by her own schemes.

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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