RUSHDIE BACKGROUND                                                            Name __________________________
Interview Questions                                                                         Honors World Literature

Directions: After reading the “Interview with Salman Rushdie (2005),” please answer the following questions
with at least 2 complete sentences.

1. What happened to Salman Rushdie in 1989? Why?

2. Why does Rushdie believe that most people do not know he is no longer in any immediate danger from the Fatwa?

3. What reasons does Rushdie give for being able to continue writing during his time of hiding and seclusion in the late
80s and early 90s?

4. Does Rushdie believe that authors and journalists are having a tougher time these days expressing their viewpoints

5. Does Rushdie believe he has achieved victory against the Ayatollah of Iran? Why or why not?

6. Why does Rushdie take issue with being labeled a “magical realist?”

7. What did Rushdie want his son to be able to do with Haroun and the Sea of Stories?

8. What advice does Rushdie give to young writers?
9. How do you believe Rushdie’s experience with the Fatwa has affected his personal and professional life?

10. How does reading interviews such as this one help us to understand Haroun and the Sea of Stories more fully?

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