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. What does Moraes tell the reader about the dark side of Vasco Miranda's personality?

3. What is Moraes' medical problem?

4. What is the play on words in the names of Aurora's four children, Ina, Minnie, Mynah, and Moor?

5. Why does Flory Zogoiby object to her son's marrying Aurora?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Moor have trouble getting to Vasco Miranda in Andalusia?

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

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

4. How does Moor feel about his parents union?

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

6. How is Abraham finally successful?

7. How does Aurora begin her art career?

8. What is the fitting scene of Moor at the end of the novel?

9. What does Moraes have to say about his mother and his lover, Uma?

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

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 Rushdie's take on organized religion. Find in the novel explicit references to Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam and show how Rushdie discounts all of them as divisive and something to be avoided.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double spaced pages Rushdie's literary gimmicks. Main points of your essay include:

(1) the odd way the da Gama family adds -o and -ofy to words that symbolize their quirkiness, (2) the rhyming phrases he uses generally to belittle certain characters, (3) long hyphenated phrases to make for more powerful adjectives. Give specific examples of each in your essay.

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