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Jahangirnagar University/Dept. of English/E 406/Postcolonial Literature II/Worksheet 01/Midnight’s Children
Course Teacher: Golam Rabbani/golam.rabbani1@gmail.com

E 407 Postcolonial Literature II
Worksheet 01
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
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1. Create a bullet biography of Salman Rushdie:
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Jahangirnagar University/Dept. of English/E 406/Postcolonial Literature II/Worksheet 01/Midnight’s Children
Course Teacher: Golam Rabbani/golam.rabbani1@gmail.com

2. Evaluate (symbolism, representation, connotation etc.) the title and the subtitles of all three books of
Midnight’s Children: (you may use keywords and explanation is not always needed)
Midnight’s Children:
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Hit-the-spittoon:
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Under the carpet:
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A public announcement:
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…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….... All-India radio: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..... Accident in a washing chest: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Tick.. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Methwold: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..... Love in Bombay: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Snakes and ladders: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….com ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. . of English/E 406/Postcolonial Literature II/Worksheet 01/Midnight’s Children Course Teacher: Golam Rabbani/golam.. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….rabbani1@gmail...3 Jahangirnagar University/Dept.. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. The fisherman’s pointing finger: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. tock: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... Many headed monsters: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

..com ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... The Kolynos Kid: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...rabbani1@gmail.. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Movements performed by pepperpots: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Revelations: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….4 Jahangirnagar University/Dept.. At the Pioneer Café: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... Alpha and Omega: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... My tenth birthday: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Drainage and the desert: . ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... of English/E 406/Postcolonial Literature II/Worksheet 01/Midnight’s Children Course Teacher: Golam Rabbani/golam... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Commander Sabarmati’s Baton: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

. How Saleem achieved purity: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. The Buddha: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. In the Sundarbans: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….5 Jahangirnagar University/Dept..... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. The Shadow of the Mosque: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. of English/E 406/Postcolonial Literature II/Worksheet 01/Midnight’s Children Course Teacher: Golam Rabbani/golam.. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Midnight: .com …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...rabbani1@gmail.. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Jamila Singer: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... A wedding: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... Sam and the Tiger: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

. List the historical events depicted/caricatured/satirized in the text: Book One: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….com …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….... Abracadabra: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. of English/E 406/Postcolonial Literature II/Worksheet 01/Midnight’s Children Course Teacher: Golam Rabbani/golam.. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………......... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….rabbani1@gmail. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………....6 Jahangirnagar University/Dept.. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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.. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...... Protest: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..rabbani1@gmail... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...10 Jahangirnagar University/Dept.. Universalism: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. of English/E 406/Postcolonial Literature II/Worksheet 01/Midnight’s Children Course Teacher: Golam Rabbani/golam........ ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Locate ideas/incidents/factors that go with the following terms/issues: (use hints and keywords and mention chapter name and page number) Nationalism/Indianness: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. .. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………....com 4.

. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….com ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….11 Jahangirnagar University/Dept.. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………....... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….rabbani1@gmail.. Eurocentrism: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. of English/E 406/Postcolonial Literature II/Worksheet 01/Midnight’s Children Course Teacher: Golam Rabbani/golam. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………....... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Diaspora: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Hybridity: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Neocolonialism: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………........... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. .... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Hegemony: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….rabbani1@gmail... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….com …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….12 Jahangirnagar University/Dept.. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. of English/E 406/Postcolonial Literature II/Worksheet 01/Midnight’s Children Course Teacher: Golam Rabbani/golam.

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.. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..com Book One: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………....... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. . of English/E 406/Postcolonial Literature II/Worksheet 01/Midnight’s Children Course Teacher: Golam Rabbani/golam... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..15 Jahangirnagar University/Dept.... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….rabbani1@gmail.. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………....... …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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