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. When was the Sudanese independence?

2. What is stored in the strange triangular room of Mustafa's house?

3. Who was Mustafa's only relative?

4. In what has the narrator earned a doctorate?

5. Who is telling a story when the narrator arrives at his grandfather's house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who was the strange man in the village when the narrator gets back and how does he describe this man?

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

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

7. What did Mustafa want for his sons?

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

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

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

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 "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

An important meeting takes place in the beginning of the book. During the narrator's absence in the village, a stranger by the name of Mustafa has arrived and settled. Describe how the narrator and Mustafa first meet. How do they get to know each other? How does their relationship evolve? Why is this evolving relationship important for the plot of the book?

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