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. Why do the police come for Saladin?

2. What occurs in Gibreel's dream as Mahound returns to the mountain?

3. What mischievous thing is Gibreel doing in his dream?

4. What makes Gibreel begin speaking after pinning Mahound down?

5. How does Mahound see the Archangel Gibreel in the cave?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Zeeny Vakil represent in the novel?

2. Where are Gibreel and Allie living?

3. How is Chamcha restored to his human form?

4. What happens at Shepperton Studios?

5. How have things changed at Scandal Point?

6. Why is Mirza Saeed so miserable?

7. How are the pilgrims finally destroyed?

8. Detail the things about Allie Cone that make her a minor celebrity.

9. Tell what happens when Chamcha calls Pamela.

10. What is the irony of the marriage of Chamcha and Pamela Lovelace?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay expressing your opinion on Rushdie's purpose in writing THE SATANIC VERSES. Is it a rejection of Islam or all organized religion?

Essay Topic 3

One of the main themes of THE SATANIC VERSES is that of racism. Select example passages on that theme and write your opinion about the subject.

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