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. What is the narrator's response to the presumption about Mustafa?

2. What is the name of the strange man in the village?

3. What does the narrator do when he hears the story about Mustafa in the train?

4. Who waits for the narrator each time he arrived back in his childhood village?

5. What did Mustafa do as the first Sudanese?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Wad Reyyes' reaction when the narrator told him Hosna's reaction to the idea of marriage?

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

3. In pages 134-165, the narrator wonders what has happened to his world. Explain this feeling.

4. What did Mustafa do after he was released from prison?

5. What did Mustafa want for his sons?

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

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

8. Mahjoub and the narrator have a short conversation about Khartoum. What did they talk about? What did the narrator not talk about?

9. Who did the narrator and his driver run into during the car trip and what happens?

10. The narrator never finished his story about Mustafa. How would you end this story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

On pages 105-115, the narrator and his driver make a car trip back to Khartoum. Describe this trip. Through the trip, what do you learn about the Sudan? What decisions does the narrator make on this trip? Are the events important for the plot of the book? Why or why not? Why do you think the author wrote this chapter in the book?

Essay Topic 2

The narrator's grandfather plays an important role in the narrator's life. Explain their relationship and use examples from the different chapters. What do you know about the grandfather? Where does he live? How does his house look like? What kind of a person is he? What do he and the narrator talk about? How do you know he is important to the narrator? Relate this importance to the narrator's memories and his experiences when visiting his village.

Essay Topic 3

When the narrator returns to his Sudanese village, after an absence of seven years, everybody is happy about this event. How do you know this? How is the narrator's happiness to be back in the village expressed in the book? How do you know his family and friends are happy he is back? Describe their actions and feelings. Use evidence from the book. Give a few other examples of how happiness can be expressed in literature.

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