Season of Migration to the North Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Tayeb Salih
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When was the last time Mustafa saw his mother?
(a) Before he went to school abroad.
(b) When he got married.
(c) While he was at school abroad.
(d) After he went to school abroad.

2. How many siblings does Mustafa have?
(a) Two.
(b) One.
(c) None.
(d) Three.

3. Who is telling a story when the narrator arrives at his grandfather's house?
(a) His brother.
(b) His father.
(c) His uncle.
(d) His grandfather.

4. Where is Mustafa from?
(a) Carthage.
(b) Cairo.
(c) Casablanca.
(d) Khartoum.

5. What were Western women called in the stories at grandfather's house?
(a) Smart women.
(b) Infidel women.
(c) Pretty women.
(d) Ugly women.

6. What does the narrator tell his family about the Europeans?
(a) That they are just like the people in his village are.
(b) That they are much smarter than the people in his village.
(c) That they are very different from the people in his village.
(d) That they have the same customs and traditions.

7. What does the narrator not want Mustafa to become for him?
(a) A vague memory.
(b) A hero.
(c) An obsession.
(d) An example.

8. Who did Bint Mazjoub tell stories of?
(a) Her friends.
(b) Her husbands.
(c) Her children.
(d) Her siblings.

9. Which gift does Mustafa bring the narrator when he visits his house?
(a) Papayas and mangos.
(b) Melons and bananas.
(c) Bananas and oranges.
(d) Melons and oranges.

10. Who was Mustafa's only relative?
(a) His mother.
(b) His father.
(c) His aunt.
(d) His brother.

11. What were tribal women that Western women are not?
(a) Stupid.
(b) Circumcised.
(c) Pretty.
(d) Smart.

12. How does the narrator travel back to the village from the steamer?
(a) By donkey.
(b) By horse.
(c) By camel.
(d) By foot.

13. With who did they banter back and forth about their sexual exploits at grandfather's house?
(a) With the old men.
(b) With the village leaders.
(c) With the old women.
(d) With the neighbors.

14. Who does the narrator talk to one day when taking the train?
(a) His brother.
(b) His father.
(c) A retired lawyer.
(d) A retired civil servant.

15. What happened to Mustafa during the big flooding?
(a) He lost his house.
(b) He got married.
(c) He saved a lot of people.
(d) He didn't return home.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the river that runs through the village?

2. How was Mustafa presented at his trial?

3. How long did it take Mustafa to learn to write?

4. How do the narrator and his grandfather feel about seeing each other?

5. Who did Wad want to marry?

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