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. What will Hosna do if she's forced to marry Wad?

2. What was the narrator being told by the person who picks him up?

3. Who asked for a cigarette when the narrator and his driver are out in the hot sun?

4. To which school did the narrator and his friend Mahjoub go together?

5. Where did the narrator go to after leaving Mustafa's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Give your opinion about the book and its two main characters.

2. The narrator never finished his story about Mustafa. How would you end this story?

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

4. What was Wad Reyyes' reaction when the narrator told him Hosna's reaction to the idea of marriage?

5. Describe how the narrator left the village again after his conversations with Hosna and Mahjoub.

6. Who did the narrator and his driver run into during the car trip and what happens?

7. In pages 134-165, the narrator wonders what has happened to his world. Explain this feeling.

8. How does the book end?

9. What do you know about the character Mahjoub?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Foreshadowing is used when the narrator visits Mustafa's widow and they talk. What is being said that will influence Hosna's future? Where is the foreshadowing being used? What does foreshadowing mean? Explain this principle with the example about Hosna in the book. Are there other cases of foreshadowing used by the author? If so, give a few more examples.

Essay Topic 2

Mustafa suffered from wanderlust. How is this portrayed in the book? What does Mustafa do to fulfill this wanderlust? Where does he go? Why? What does he do there? Where does he finally end up? Is this the end of his wanderlust? Why do you think that? How is his wanderlust related to his disappearance? Compare or contrast Mustafa's wanderlust with what he wants for his sons. Use supporting evidence from the book. Relate this wanderlust to the narrator's perception of what happened to Mustafa.

Essay Topic 3

When the narrator returns to his Sudanese village, after an absence of seven years, everybody is happy about this event. How do you know this? How is the narrator's happiness to be back in the village expressed in the book? How do you know his family and friends are happy he is back? Describe their actions and feelings. Use evidence from the book. Give a few other examples of how happiness can be expressed in literature.

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