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 say he has already nailed up?

2. What does Moraes say Aurora found out about the mushroom crone?

3. What does Miranda paint over the portrait of Aurora?

4. What is Moraes' medical problem?

5. Where is Moraes Zogoiby at the opening of the novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Moor get to know more about his mother and father and their relationship?

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

3. How does Aurora begin her art career?

4. Why are Camoens and Aires given fifteen year prison sentences?

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

6. How does Fielding bring together opposing forces to serve his purposes?

7. How does Moor refer to the dysfunction of his family?

8. What does Moor say are the quirks of Epifania's sons, Aires and Camoens?

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

10. What is Moor conclusion behind the tragic end of the da Gama-Zogoiby family?

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 undertones of an Oedipal Complex in The Moor's Last Sigh. Your points include: (1) an explanation of the Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex, (2) the suggestion of Moor posing nude for Aurora, and (3) the Moor painting where Aurora is Desdemona on the bed and Moor as Othello, lunging at her with a dagger.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double spaced pages on Rushdie's use of references to literature and incorporation of actual history in his novel. Use as main points: (1) examples of various literary quotes or adaptations (your choice), (2) actual events such as the rally with Gandhi and the imprisonment of Nehru, and (3) finally the way he works the 1993 bombings into the story.

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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