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

2. What blasphemous thing does Mirza say to Aeysha?

3. How does Osman explain to the villager that Aeysha disappeared without his seeing where she went.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the relevance of the arrest of Dr. Uhura Simba to the theme of the novel?

3. What is the irony of Mahound's death?

4. Describe the physical transformation of Chamcha after he comes back to earth.

5. Why had Zeeny avoided seeing Chamcha?

6. What is the relationship between Aeysha and Mirza Saeed?

7. Explain religious extremism as demonstrated by finding the abandoned baby.

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

9. After Pamela kicks him out, what kind of treatment does Jumpy receive at the Shaandaar Cafe?

10. Describe the meeting of Mr. Maslama and Gibreel on the train.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a paper expressing your opinion about the meaning of the Archangel Gibreel only being able to do what people who call him want him to do. What is that saying about religion?

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

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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