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 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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Mahound's new religion is called Submission. The religion consists of rules and regulations. Some people, like Khalid, are very comfortable with this control while others, like Salman the scribe, cannot accept the restrictions. Only Mahound seems not to be bound by the rules. Write a paper discussing your opinion about a religion of rules and laws without compassion.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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