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. How was Mustafa presented at his trial?

2. What were Western women called in the stories at grandfather's house?

3. Who did Bint Mazjoub tell stories of?

4. Who should be given the key to the triangular room eventually?

5. How wass the grandfather's house built?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do you know about the legendary flooding of the Nile described in the book?

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

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

7. How can you relate the narrator to the Acacia tree?

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

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

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

In pages 45-60, an important event is talked about. Describe the event. What do you learn about the river? What's its name? How frequent does an event like this happen? Why is it called legendary? Why is the event important for the plot of the book? How do you relate this event to the character of Mustafa? How do you relate it to the character of the narrator? What do you think happened to Mustafa? Why?

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

The triangular room is mentioned throughout the book. What is this room? Why is it important? Whose room is it? What does the narrator have to do with this room? What happens to the room? What are the contents in this room? What does the narrator do in this room? What does he see and what is his reaction? What does he relate the pictures of the women to? How is Jean Morris' death related to Hosna's death? How does the narrator leave the room? Why is his being in the room important to the conclusion of the book?

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