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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where is Hasina taken by her family to marry a cousin who owns an auto shop in Chapter 23?
(a) Ghazni.
(b) Panjshir.
(c) Gul Daman.
(d) Lahore.

2. What is the name of Jalil's eldest son by his first wife?
(a) Jami.
(b) Sabir.
(c) Hakim.
(d) Muhsin.

3. What word used in the narrative refers to a woman's honor?
(a) Namoos.
(b) Safar.
(c) Hozori.
(d) Daal.

4. What is the name of the park that Rasheed takes Mariam to visit on their tour of Kabul in Chapter 11?
(a) Shar-e-Nau Park.
(b) Chaman-e-Hozori.
(c) Gardens of Babur.
(d) Paghman Gardens.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Nana say that Jalil was horseback riding with friends when she gave birth to Mariam?

2. What color is the burqa that Rasheed gives to Mariam in Chapter 10?

3. Where does Tariq say that he and his family are going in Chapter 25?

4. What is the name of Fariba's husband?

5. What does the word "kolba" refer to in the novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. When does Chapter 23 take place? What is the political atmosphere like in Afghanistan at this time?

2. How is the wedding ceremony described in Chapter 8? Who is present for the wedding?

3. What are the reasons behind Mariam's marriage arrangement in Chapter 7? How is this arrangement perceived by the characters in the story?

4. What circumstances lend themselves to Mariam's feelings of isolation in Chapter 10?

5. What are Mariam's perceptions of Kabul during Ramadan in Chapter 12?

6. How is Fariba's (Laila's mother's) daily behavior described in Chapter 17?

7. What loss does Mariam suffer in Chapter 13? How does this loss affect her?

8. What news is delivered to Laila's family in Chapter 19? How does Laila's mother handle this information?

9. How are Laila's circumstances shown to be different than Mariam's circumstances in Chapter 16?

10. How have Mariam's circumstances changed by the end of Chapter 5? What has caused Mariam's circumstances to change?

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