The Satanic Verses Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Srinivas, the toy merchant, see coming toward him?

2. Who is Jumpy Joshi's star pupil at the martial arts academy?

3. How is Baal disguised by the madam of The Curtain brothel?

4. On the radio in a taxi, who does Saladin hear speaking?

5. What halts progress on Gibreel's film?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 an essay about organized demonstrations as a means of social change. Use the demonstration on behalf of Uhura Simba and the human chain for peace as examples. Then refer to real life demonstrations that have either succeeded or failed. Some examples you might want to research and include are the demonstrations led by Gandhi in India and the American Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.

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