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 did the narrator miss most during his absence in the village?

2. What is Mustafa's last name?

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

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

5. Who is the narrator guardian of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the narrator do after Mustafa told him his story?

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

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

4. What did Mustafa want for his sons?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

"Season of Migration to the North" is basically a "story within a story". How can you tell this is the case? Use your own words to explain the story within the story in the book and find a few examples to support your explanation.

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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