Miramar Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Miramar Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Hosny think he should keep busy?

2. Who does Hosny meet that he thinks would be worth marrying?

3. Why are Sarhan and a drunken Hosny fighting?

4. What does Sarhan insist about Zohra?

5. What does Amer wish about one mistake he made?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the general atmosphere at the beginning of the Umm Kulthum concert, and how does that change?

2. Describe the encounter between Zohra, Hosny and Sarhan.

3. How do Zohra and Amer have a chance to talk and how does Zohra feel about the two older, male boarders?

4. What is Tolba Marzuq relationship to Mariana, and what does Amer think of him?

5. Why does Hosny's attitude towards Zohra change?

6. With whom does Hosny hook up after leaving the Umm Kulthum at intermission, and what is the woman's advice to him?

7. What do Amer and Mariana complain about and plan?

8. After dropping the woman off at Mazarita, how does Hosny relieve his tension?

9. About what does Amer warn Zohra and why does he do so?

10. Why does Hosny move to Miramar and what is his first thought about Zohra?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss the character Zohra Salama. What are her strengths? Weaknesses? How does she evolve over the course of the story? Is she likable at the beginning of the story? Sympathetic? How do you view her by the end of the book? Do you think she is a protagonist or antagonist? Why

2. Thoroughly discuss the character Sarhan al-Beheiry . What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise? Would you want him as a friend? As an enemy?

3. Thoroughly discuss Hosny Allam. What are his strengths? Weaknesses? How does he evolve over the course of the story? (or does he?) Is he likable at the beginning of the story? At the end of the book? Is he trustworthy? Wise? Would you want him as a friend? As an enemy?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Discuss Hosny Allam's character as symbolic of the corruption that underlies Egyptian culture at that time.

2. After researching Egyptian history from 1940 to the present, do you think Zohra Salama will make it as a single female in Egyptian society? Discuss fully using examples from your research.

3. Compare/contrast the life and choices of Zohra Salama to that of Safeya Barakat. How are their backgrounds similar or dissimilar? Why do they each make the specific choices they make? Could Zohra end up like Safeya? Why or why not? Is redemption possible for Safeya in the Egyptian culture of that time? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation that Hosny is not as well educated as most of the other boarders and can neither read nor write well and yet is considered upper class and feels superior to the other boarders at the Miramar. Discuss two other ironic situations in the book. Do you think the author intends irony towards the characters and their behaviors?

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from "Miramar". What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in Mirama and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

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