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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. How did Jean Morris end her life?
2. Who is telling a story when the narrator arrives at his grandfather's house?
3. What is Mustafa's last name?
4. How long did it take Mustafa to learn to write?
5. Where did Mustafa meet Jean Morris?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happened on the train one day, when the narrator works at the Department of Education in Khartoum?
2. Which woman did Mustafa meet at a party in Chelsea and what happened to her?
3. What else, after the conversation about Western women, was being talked about in grandfather's house the same day?
4. What do you know about the legendary flooding of the Nile described in the book?
5. What did grandfather tell the narrator about Wad Rayyes?
6. What does the narrator tell you about the steamer that brings him to his old village?
7. What is being said about Western women during a conversation at the grandfather's house?
8. How can you tell that the village life seems unchanged to the narrator when he gets back after all those years?
9. How did the narrator feel about being back in his old village after being gone for seven years?
10. How do the narrator and Mustafa first meet and what do they learn about each other?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
On page 61, in Chapter 4, the narrator says "But I would hope you will not entertain the idea, dear sirs, that Mustafa Sa'eed had become an obsession that was ever with me in my comings and goings. Sometimes months would pass without his crossing my mind. In any case, he had died, by drowning or by suicide - God alone knows". What does he mean with this statement? Do you agree with the narrator? Is he obsessed with Mustafa or not? Explain your answer with examples from the book and with your own interpretations.
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