Season of Migration to the North Test | Final 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. To which school did the narrator and his friend Mahjoub go together?

2. Why did the narrator and his driver stop by a government car?

3. Which war did Mustafa write comments about in the letter to the narrator?

4. What did the narrator do with his thoughts of Mustafa and Hosna when he leaves the triangular room?

5. When did the narrator go see his sister?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the narrator relate Jean Morris to Hosna?

4. What did the narrator do when he approaches the triangular room?

5. How does the book end?

6. What did Mahjoub tell the narrator about Mustafa?

7. During the car trip, the narrator decided to write somebody. Who did he want to write and why?

8. What did the narrator do with Mustafa and Hosna?

9. What do you know about the character Mahjoub?

10. Soon after leaving the village, the narrator has to go back. Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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