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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. What is sent to the hermit after the angel?

2. At the end of the story of The Three Apples, what tale does Ja'afar refer to?

3. Upon meeting the angel, the hermit does what?

4. In what location does The Tale of Kamar Al-Zaman begin?

5. What comes out of the black jar after the fisherman rubs it?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the fundamental differences in value systems between the duck and the three other animals; peahen, peacock and antelope metioned in The Tale of The Birds And The Beasts And The Carpenter?

2. What does Shahrazad teach the king through The Sweep and The Noble Lady?

3. What qualities does the Caliph show through his actions towards the sisters and princes in the Porter and The Three Ladies of Baghdad?

4. What does Shahrazad teach the king through her story In The Tale of Ma'an Son of Zaidah and The Badawi?

5. Correlate the experience of visiting the Caliph for help/direction in the Porter and The Three Ladies of Baghdad to visiting another person of power for help in the present day.

6. How in the Tale of Ghanim in Ayyub, The Distraught, The Thrall O'Love does Shahrazad strive to replace King Shahryar's distrust of women with doubt over his belief?

7. In The Story of King Shahryar and His Brother, the tale within a tale about the fisherman and the Jinni demonstrates the power of what kind of belief system?

8. What is the purpose of Shahrazad deciding to tell this seemingly innocuous story to the king in Ali The Persian?

9. How is Shahrazad able to hint at the king's faults through this story of The City of Many-Columned Iram and Abdullah Son of Abi Kalibah indirectly?

10. What is one moral implied by Shahrazad in the Tale of Ghanim in Ayyub, The Distraught, The Thrall O'Love?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Tale of The Three Apples, the circular nature and connectedness of the happenings in Chapter 3 could arguably imply that there is a higher intention or being in power that if tapped, will lead the way to freedom and an improved life. In what way is this kind of fate/faith-based lesson-telling indicative of the times during which these tales were compiled?

Please keep in mind historical background, Islamic culture, and advantages to the author for the purposes of developing Shahrazad and the king's relationship.

Essay Topic 2

As the reader may have noticed from the beginning of The Arabian Nights, the story possesses unique characteristics in many ways. One way is in regard to the fact that frame stories are used consistently throughout the entire piece. In a 400-600 word essay, and keeping in mind the fact that typical Western literary devices are not used in this novel, please provide insight as to how the use of framing stories is an invaluable tool to:

1. The compiler/authors.

2. The character of Shahrazad.

3. The character of Sindbad.

Essay Topic 3

The seemingly random and somewhat humorous story of How Abu Hasan Broke Wind seems to have no apparent places in this plethora of artfully told selection of moralistic tales. Explore the reasons why Shahrazad may have decided to tell this tale. Consider the following background concepts when outlining your essay:

Characters' intentions/reasonings.

Length of the book itself.

Length of the tale.

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