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. Which of the household servants could Aires not touch?

2. What does Aurora do locked in her room, allowing no one to enter?

3. What changes Camoens from Gandhi to Nehru?

4. What does Moraes say he is doing faster than he should?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Debunking his father's family history, what does Moor suggest about his late grandmother, Flory.

2. By August 1939, Aurora is the heiress to the da Gama fortune. Why does she storm into the office of the company?

3. What painting does Miranda cover with another after Aurora reacts negatively to the original?

4. How is Abraham finally successful?

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

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

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

8. After gaining entry into Vasco's house, what prevents Miranda from killing Moor?

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

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

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 Man's Cruelty to Man. Divide your essay into three parts as follows:

(1) Uma's manipulations and murder plot; (2) the inhumanity of the Indian prison where Moor is incarcerated; (3) the ease with which Moor becomes the Hammer after his experiences with Uma and prison.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double spaced pages on Power and Greed. Your essay should include the element of ruthlessness in the characters of Aurora, Abraham, Uma, and fielding. Give an opinion on how power corrupts each of those characters. Sum up with the end results of overreaching one's limitations.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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