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. Whose voice did the narrator hear when he walked by his grandfather's house?

2. What does the narrator hear about Mustafa during the conversation in the train?

3. How many years did Mustafa stay in his first school before going abroad the first time?

4. Where did Mustafa first see Isabella Seymour?

5. What does the narrator's sister think about Western women?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is being said about Western women during a conversation at the grandfather's house?

2. What did grandfather tell the narrator about Wad Rayyes?

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

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

5. What did the narrator learn on the way back to the village by donkey?

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

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

8. Whose story did the narrator interrupt when arriving at his grandfather's house one day and what was the story about?

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

Foreshadowing is used when the narrator visits Mustafa's widow and they talk. What is being said that will influence Hosna's future? Where is the foreshadowing being used? What does foreshadowing mean? Explain this principle with the example about Hosna in the book. Are there other cases of foreshadowing used by the author? If so, give a few more examples.

Essay Topic 2

When Mustafa was a child, a man on horseback appeared. How does this event change Mustafa's life? How did he react to this man? What were the consequences? How did this man influence Mustafa? How was Mustafa different from the other children? Describe the meeting between the man on the horse and Mustafa and relate it to Mustafa's further childhood and adulthood.

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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