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 long did it take Mustafa to learn to write?

2. Who was the public prosecutor at Mustafa's trial?

3. Who told the narrator about Wad's marriage plans?

4. What did Mustafa suffer from?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Which woman did Mustafa meet at a party in Chelsea and what happened to her?

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

7. Where did the narrator go after leaving Mustafa's house and what happened there?

8. Who are Mustafa's children and what is the narrator's relationship with them?

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

10. What did you learn about Mustafa's trial in the pages 19-44?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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