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. How does Aurora react to her portrait?

2. How does Moraes say Aurora became so famous at the Ganesha festival?

3. What do Aurora's pranks make Camoens believe?

4. How does Flory die?

5. What is the reader not sure of at this point in chapter four?

Short Essay Questions

1. What in Miranda's character seem to foreshadow serious problems to come?

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

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

4. Describe the opening of the novel.

5. How does Aurora manage to upset the Hindu-Muslim population of India?

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

7. Describe the condition of the middle daughter, Minnie, at the Mahalaxmi Weekend Constitutional.

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

9. What is the situation with Sammy Hazaré after Aurora's death?

10. Explain Francisco da Gama's beliefs that drive wedges between family members.

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 Superstition: How It Affects Human Behavior. In the essay, use these examples:

(1) the annual Ganesha festival and Aurora's disdain for such a superstition, (2) Camoens' superstitions that eventually led him to believe Belle's ghost was haunting the house, and (3) Flory's superstitions that caused her to see visions in the temple tiles that eventually led to her death.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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