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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When does Chapter 23 begin?
(a) March, 1995.
(b) September, 1990.
(c) July, 1989.
(d) April, 1992.

2. In what year was Mariam born?
(a) 1959.
(b) 1972.
(c) 1963.
(d) 1990.

3. What is the name of Laila's progressive but strict schoolteacher in Chapter 16?
(a) Muhsin.
(b) Shanzai.
(c) Jami.
(d) Ahmad.

4. How far is Herat from Kabul?
(a) 650 kilometers.
(b) 1,000 kilometers.
(c) 120 kilometers.
(d) 240 kilometers.

5. Who is the warlord of the Pashtun forces in West Kabul that is described in Chapter 24 as fighting against the Hazaras of the Wahdat faction in 1992?
(a) Muhsin.
(b) Abdul Rashid Dostum.
(c) Ahmad Shah Massoud.
(d) Sayyaf.

6. Who is the ancient poet that Jalil describes buried beneath a pistachio tree in Herat in Chapter 1?
(a) Habib Khan.
(b) Queen Gauhar Shad.
(c) Abdul Rashid Dostum.
(d) Jami.

7. What language is native to Kandahar?
(a) Uzbek.
(b) Balochi.
(c) Pashto.
(d) Farsi.

8. Where does Nana say that Jalil was horseback riding with friends when she gave birth to Mariam?
(a) Lahore.
(b) Gul Daman.
(c) Shindand.
(d) Takht-e-Safar.

9. How old is Laila in 1987 when Chapter 16 begins?
(a) 5.
(b) 9.
(c) 12.
(d) 18.

10. Who is described in Chapter 23 as "the flamboyant Uzbek commander, leader of the Junbish-i-Milli faction"?
(a) Queen Gauhar Shad.
(b) Abdul Rashid Dostum.
(c) Ahmad Shah Massoud.
(d) Mullah Faizullah.

11. Where was the young parakeet seller from that Nana almost married when she was fifteen?
(a) Takht-e-Safar.
(b) Shindand.
(c) Gul Daman.
(d) Panjshir.

12. What is the name of Fariba's husband?
(a) Ahmad.
(b) Muhsin.
(c) Hakim.
(d) Noor.

13. Chapter 22 begins in January of what year?
(a) 1989.
(b) 1993.
(c) 1995.
(d) 1977.

14. What kind of gun does Tariq say he's bought in Chapter 24?
(a) A Berden.
(b) An Uzi.
(c) A Beretta.
(d) A Kalashnikov.

15. What does Tariq do to the boy that shot Laila with the water pistol in Chapter 18?
(a) He throws a water balloon at him.
(b) He tells the boy's mother.
(c) He shoots him with a BB gun.
(d) He beats him with his prosthetic leg.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the 18-year-old boy that Giti has become enamored with in Chapter 23?

2. What mountain does Rasheed point out to Mariam from the front window of his house in Chapter 9?

3. How much older is Hakim than Fariba?

4. How does Mariam's mother commit suicide?

5. What is the Farsi speaking Tajik region northeast of Kabul that Fariba's family is from?

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