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 this influential man do to Mustafa?

2. How did Jean Morris end her life?

3. Which people occupied the Sudan in the past?

4. How do the narrator and his grandfather feel about seeing each other?

5. How many siblings does Mustafa have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What did Mustafa do after he was released from prison?

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

6. What did Mustafa want for his sons?

7. What does Mustafa have to do with the topic of mixed marriages?

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

9. What does the narrator tell his family about the Europeans?

10. How did the narrator feel about being back in his old village after being gone for seven years?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout "Season of Migration to the North", Europe and the Europeans come up in a lot of conversations. What is being said in the book about Europe? What is the villagers' idea about Europeans? Differentiate what the different characters think or say about Europeans. What is the narrator's response to everybody's thoughts about Europe? What is his experience about Europeans? How does all the information about Europeans in the book relate to your opinions or thoughts about Europe? How would the book have been different if the narrator had not lived in Europe?

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