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 Moraes' medical problem?

2. What does Moraes say about breathing?

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

4. What happened after Flory's son was born?

5. How does Moraes identify his family?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Because of his medical condition, what does Moor think about?

3. Detail the demise of Abraham's mother.

4. What is unusual about Moor's birth and growth?

5. What are the historical connections of the family Moor comes from?

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

7. As Aurora's popularity wanes, what does she do with her life?

8. What is the curse Epifania puts on Aurora as she sits there watching the old woman die without trying to help her in any way.

9. How do readers learn about some important Indian history?

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

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 Humane Incarceration. In your essay discuss:

(1) the need for prisons, (2) the deplorable conditions of prisons like the Indian prison Moor was sent to, and (3) the more humane prisons like Aires, Camoens, and Aurora endured. End your essay with your idea of how to improve prisons so that people coming out are prepared to re-enter society rather than become gangsters like Hammer.

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 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.

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