The Satanic Verses 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 Inspector Lime refuse to admit he saw when he looked up at Gibreel?

2. Who comes to Hagar to show her the waters of Zamzam?

3. What fills the zamindar, Mirza Saeed Akhtar, with lust as he stands on the veranda of his house?

4. How many survivors are there from the explosion?

5. What happens to Gibreel's breath after he falls to earth?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mirza Saeed die?

2. Tell what happens when Chamcha calls Pamela.

3. Why does Saladin return to India?

4. Explain how the floods change the mining townspeople's minds about Aeysha.

5. How is Chamcha bitter at his circumstances?

6. Why has Salman defected from Mahound?

7. While the pilgrims are marching to the sea, what is Mirza Saeed attempting to do?

8. Describe how Chamcha is helped to get out of the hospital.

9. Why is Mrs. Hind such a bitter woman?

10. Where does the title of Satanic Verses come from?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Review the legend of the walnut tree and write a paper on different cultural beliefs and practices. Include customs of your culture that may not have any meaning in another culture. Discuss the importance of different cultures understanding each other.

Essay Topic 2

The event of the Satanic Verses is an actual tradition of Islam. Write a paper on the probability of something like that happening. In comparison, notice how Mahound goes into a trance to quote verses to get his wife Aeysha to back off her objection to his other women. What in your opinion is Rushdie saying about where we get our religious dogmas?

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper on how people change as they mature and face death. Use Changez as an example and discuss the relative importance of holding onto traditions without consideration of their effects on other people. Notice how Chamcha also changes in his attitude toward his father.

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