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. Why did the narrator visit his sister?

2. What did the narrator do with the door of the triangular room when leaving?

3. How did the narrator describe Mustafa while in the room?

4. Who tried to prevent the tragedy at Wad's house?

5. What did the narrator find in the triangular room?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Mahjoub tell the narrator about Mustafa?

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

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

5. How do you know from the book that the Sudan is a hot country?

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

7. What did the narrator do with the triangular room, after he's finished there?

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

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

10. What were all the things that are tangled up, according to the narrator?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

An important part in "Season of Migration to the North" is the difference between the Western and the African culture. While reading, you learn a lot about the African culture. Give a few examples from the book about African life. Think about the narrator's arrival and stay in the village to describe tribal life. How does the African culture differ from the American culture? Compare and contrast African and American life.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

"Season of Migration to the North" is basically a "story within a story". How can you tell this is the case? Use your own words to explain the story within the story in the book and find a few examples to support your explanation.

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