The Arabian Nights Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. In Sindbad The Seaman And Sindbad The Landsman, how many voyages does Sindbad The Seaman have?

2. How many Dirams does Sindbad The Seaman have left after squandering most of his money in Sindbad The Seaman And Sindbad The Landsman?

3. How many times did Khalifah cast his fishing net in Khalifah The Fisherman of Baghdad?

4. What is the relationship between the two main characters introduced at the beginning of the story in Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves?

5. Why does Princess Dunya ask the Sultan to wait for four months and ten days before she will accept him?

Short Essay Questions

1. In The Ebony Horse, the brother Kamar rescues his younger sister from marriage to an ugly old Persian bearing a gift. In the process of helping his sister, Kamar also finds love, so his kindness is rewarded. What is to be learned from this part of the story?

2. Consider the saying "One cannot fully escape the past." How is this saying proven in Ma'aruf The Cobbler And His Wife Fatimah?

3. In Khalifah The Fisherman of Baghdad, the reader witnesses the Caliph dispense mercy and cruelty with the whim of someone raised in a position of such absolute power that it distances him from the suffering of the common people, much like the fisherman Khalifah. How could this part of the story relate to Shahrazad's goal of changing the king's ways?

4. What moral does Shahrazad imply through her story in the story Julnar The Sea-Born And Her Son King Badr Basim of Persia?

5. In the Conclusion, King Shahryar's legacy began bloody and ended in peace and prosperity thanks to the gifted storyteller, Shahrazad. Through her stories and her love she changes the heart of the king and her stories live on through the generations. What kind of a reminder can this conclusion offer to humanity on the whole?

6. Explore the ironic moments of this story in The Lady And Her Five Suitors.

7. In the tale of Ma'aruf The Cobbler And His Wife Fatimah, Shahrazad demonstrates the difference between a good wife and a wicked one. How could this relate to Shahrazad's goals in the long run between herself and the king?

8. What in How Abu Hasan Bake Wind does Shahrazad imply about shame?

9. What goal in Alaedddin: Or, The Wonderful Lamp may Shahrazad been trying to achieve through this story to the king?

10. Consider the phrases, "All lies become revealed in time," and "time heals all wounds". How is this played out/proven in Abu Kir The Dyer And Abu Sir The Barber?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Appreciating that the Tale of The Three Apples is one of the earliest known suspense thriller murder/mystery with detective fiction elements and multiple plot twists, write an essay detailing what you believe to be the most effective and powerful crime fiction element in the tale, and why. You may choose from:

1. Plot twists.

2. Suspense.

3. Mystery.

Make a strong base for whichever element you choose by backing up your argument with all places in the story where your element has been used.

Essay Topic 2

Shahrazad's feminine heroism leaves for a depth of literary interpretation. Her story can be seen as a feminist critique insofar as it criticizes the weaknesses of a masculinity that is constructed on the image of power, control and domination. Yet Shahrazad's response remains within the parameters established for women by Islam.

Reviewing and referring to the tales you find most telling of her role, characterize Shahrazad's personality and critique her abilities to make her intentions a reality.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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