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 does the narrator not want Mustafa to become for him?

2. What does the narrator's father do when he has tea with his family again?

3. Where did Mustafa go to school when he had to go abroad for the first time?

4. What does the subject turn to during the narrator's visit to the group of people, a month after the train conversation?

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 else, after the conversation about Western women, was being talked about in grandfather's house the same day?

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

3. What happened to Mustafa when he meets a man on horseback?

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

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

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

7. How does the narrator's knowledge of Mustafa conflict with that of his acquaintances from the University of Khartoum?

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

9. What was left for the narrator after Mustafa disappears?

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

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

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

Agriculture is very important in an African village like the one the narrator grows up in. Why is this important? How do you know it is important? Who refers to it in the book and what is discussed? What is the Agricultural Project Committee and Co-operative? Who were important members of it? How do you relate Mahjoub's influence to this Committee? What does Mustafa have to do with the Committee? What do the Committee and the subject of agriculture have to do with Mahjoub and Mustafa's relationship? How does Mahjoub feel towards Mustafa? Why? Relate these two characters to the Agricultural Project Committee and Co'operative.

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