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

Tayeb Salih
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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. Who did Wad want to marry?

2. Who is telling a story when the narrator arrives at his grandfather's house?

3. How often did the steamer come to the narrator's childhood village?

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

5. How many years after Mustafa's death did the narrator go to work at the Department of Education in Khartoum?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Mustafa's school career look like?

2. How does the house of the narrator's grandfather look like?

3. What do you know about Mustafa's family and how did that affect him?

4. Does Mustafa Sa'eed become an obsession for the narrator?

5. What does the narrator tell you about the steamer that brings him to his old village?

6. What did the narrator's companion on the train in Khartoum tell him about Mustafa and how did he react to this information?

7. Who was the strange man in the village when the narrator gets back and how does he describe this man?

8. What do you know about the legendary flooding of the Nile described in the book?

9. How was Mustafa treated during his time in Cairo?

10. What happened on the train one day, when the narrator works at the Department of Education in Khartoum?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mustafa's widow and the narrator have a complicated relationship. How would you describe their relationship? Why is it complicated? Why are the complicated issues not resolved? How does this relation influence the life of both characters? How would you resolve a similar situation?

Essay Topic 2

"Season of Migration to the North" is basically a "story within a story". How can you tell this is the case? Use your own words to explain the story within the story in the book and find a few examples to support your explanation.

Essay Topic 3

An important part in "Season of Migration to the North" is the difference between the Western and the African culture. While reading, you learn a lot about the African culture. Give a few examples from the book about African life. Think about the narrator's arrival and stay in the village to describe tribal life. How does the African culture differ from the American culture? Compare and contrast African and American life.

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