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 are Mahound's followers worried after he goes to see the Grandee?

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

3. What does the Grandee, Abu Simbel, want from the satirist Baal?

4. What news does the Archangel give Aeysha about her friend Mishal?

5. Seeing the image, what does Gibreel want to know from Saladin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the thing Chamcha must do that calls him away from the human chain protest?

3. How is Baal finally recognized in spite of his dyed skin and attire like a djinn?

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

5. How is Chamcha bitter at his circumstances?

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

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

8. Why is Gibreel unable to get away from Rosa Diamond?

9. Describe how Gibreel and Chamcha find themselves as they wake up on land.

10. Describe what Chamcha finds in the church.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the idea that men do not need angels and demons because they exist in human beings. Explain why you agree or disagree and give examples.

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

Write a paper about the end of the novel. What do you think the ending is saying? Why does Gibreel destroy himself and allows Saladin to continue? Discuss how this fits in with Rushdie's existential philosophy. Express whether you agree or disagree.

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