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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 Hamza do that causes Hind to set her mind on revenge?

2. What does Bilal, an American convert, do for the Imam?

3. How does Gibreel finally manage to pin Mahound down in the wrestling match?

4. What is Saladin holding up when he appears in Rosa's hallway?

5. What is the flight number that blows up with Gibreel and Chamcha aboard?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how business suddenly picks up at the brothel called The Curtain.

2. Explain what Gibreel sees on the way down to earth that Chamcha does not see.

3. What does Zeeny Vakil represent in the novel?

4. How is Chamcha bitter at his circumstances?

5. What is the importance of the wrestling match between Mahound and the Archangel Gibreel?

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

7. Trapped by Rosa Diamond, what does Gibreel think is happening to him?

8. What had happened to Rekha?

9. What is the difference of opinion between Gibreel and the Imam?

10. What do the citizens of Jahilia and their religion represent in the novel?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

When Saladin destroys the wax figures in the Hot Wax Bar, he changes back into his human form. Write an explanation of that transformation. What does it mean to you?

Essay Topic 2

Write a paper about Zeeny and Saladin Chamcha. Zeeny represents pride in her heritage while Chamcha represents ethnic self-loathing. Discuss the merits of Zeeny's attitude and how it eventually sinks in on Salahuddin. Discuss your opinion of ethnic pride and the value of maintaining cultural differences.

Essay Topic 3

Take several scenes from the book like the pilgrims walking purposefully into the sea, the bloody tear from the statue of Al-Lat, the wax images in the Hot Wax Bar, and others. Then write a paper discussing Rushdie's use of symbolism, explain what the symbols are.

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