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 is a likely reason Flory had made her money?

2. What taboo subject does he discuss in chapter 7?

3. What does Moraes tell the reader about the dark side of Vasco Miranda's personality?

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

5. What did Francisco da Gama do to the family chapel?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Abraham finally successful?

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

3. Explain what is special about the blue tiles in the synagogue.

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

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

6. Who comes to the rescue when Aires is physically abusing the servants over lost artifacts?

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

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

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

10. Why does Moor have trouble getting to Vasco Miranda in Andalusia?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of at least two typed, double spaced pages on Characters from The Moor's Last Sigh You Wouldn't Want to Meet in the Dark. This essay will describe in detail some of the unsavory characters of the book. Example of such characters are:

(1) Chhaggan Five-in-a-Bite, (2) Sammy Hazaré, (3) Moor as Hammer, and (4) Vasco Miranda.

Essay Topic 2

Write a critique of at least two typed, double spaced pages on The Moor's Last Sigh.

(1) Is it a good story? (2) Is it easy or difficult to read? Why? (3) Do some of Rushdie's gimmicks get in the way? Why? (4) Is it literature that will stand the test of time? (5) What, in your opinion, sets Rushdie apart as a novelist? (6) what is your recommendation to others about reading this novel?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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