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. Where has Moraes left a trail of written narratives?

2. What exists in a Benengeli village on a hill?

3. What does Aurora do to torment her father and uncle?

4. Who makes a pilgrimage to Malgudi on the river Sarayu, to see the great Mahatma Gandhi?

5. What does the family legend say is in Flory's treasure chest?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Moor lament his life as he continues with his history of the family?

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

3. How is Aurora's wish fulfilled in Moraes?

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

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

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

7. By 1987, what is the annual ritual Aurora performs that eventually leads to her death.

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

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

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

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 entitled, Salman Rushdie's Love Affair with Words. Divide your essay into three parts as follows:

(1) Rushdie's use of alliteration and onomatopoeia. (2) Rushdie's use of strings of hyphenated words to form nouns or adjectives. (3) Rushdie's coining of words for special effect. Be sure to quote passages from the novel to support your points.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double spaced pages on Humor in The Moor's Last Sigh. To write this essay you will need to go through the novel and select some of the funny things Rushdie includes like oddball names for people, or lines like Uma's remark that Vasco's toilet paintings looked like Laurel and Hardon. This essay will require that you put the comedic lines in contest and an explanation as to why you are amused by them.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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