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. When did Mustafa travel around Europe, the Orient and India?

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

3. Where did Mustafa first see Isabella Seymour?

4. What is the name of the narrator's favorite tree?

5. What does the narrator talk about when he returns to the village he grew up in?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Mustafa have to do with the topic of mixed marriages?

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

4. What do you know about the narrator's grandfather as a person?

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

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

7. How do the narrator and Mustafa first meet and what do they learn about each other?

8. What did you learn about Mustafa's trial in the pages 19-44?

9. How can you tell that the village life seems unchanged to the narrator when he gets back after all those years?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mustafa suffered from wanderlust. How is this portrayed in the book? What does Mustafa do to fulfill this wanderlust? Where does he go? Why? What does he do there? Where does he finally end up? Is this the end of his wanderlust? Why do you think that? How is his wanderlust related to his disappearance? Compare or contrast Mustafa's wanderlust with what he wants for his sons. Use supporting evidence from the book. Relate this wanderlust to the narrator's perception of what happened to Mustafa.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Throughout the book, a lot of people talk about Mustafa to the narrator. Summarize the information the narrator collects about Mustafa. Who does the narrator meet that talks to him about Mustafa? In which circumstances does this happen? What does the narrator learn about Mustafa? What is being said? How does he react to this information? What is said about Mustafa that is contradictory with the narrator's information? Who, of all these people with information, actually met Mustafa in person? Why do you think all these people talk about Mustafa and praise him? How do you think the narrator feels about this?

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