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. What does the Maghribi wizard pose as in Alaeddin: Or, The Wonderful Lamp?

2. What does the Greek man give King Sabur in the story of The Ebony Horse?

3. What does the king do when confronted by the man in rags in the story The Angel of Death With The Proud King And The Devout Man?

4. In the story The Angel of Death With The Proud King And The Devout Man, a king full of ______ is stopped by a man in rags.

5. In the story The City of Brass, how many people are in Emir Musa's traveling party to where the cucurbites are found?

Short Essay Questions

1. Consider the saying, "The clothes maketh the man." How is this proven in Alaedddin: Or, The Wonderful Lamp?

2. Why might it be in Shahrazad's interests to decide to tell this story to the king in The City of Brass?

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. 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?

5. In The Angel of Death With The Proud King And The Devout Man is described a wealthy man and a poor one. What are the fundamental differences in the reasons for why each man personally lived his life?

6. How is justice served through the story of Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves?

7. How is the ending of this story from The Ebony Horse a very direct and personally-related implication to the king from Shahrazad?

8. In what way could this be a sort of cautionary tale from Shahrazad to the king in The Lady And Her Five Suitors?

9. What does Shahrazad illustrate in telling this story to the king in The City of Brass?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In this tale of Alaeddin: Or, The Wonderful Lamp, Shahrazad creates a character of mythological proportions who achieves greatness despite social, financial, educational, and logical obstacles. Perhaps it is Shahrazad's goal to humanize the poor through one individual so that the king can appreciate that the poor are as human as he is. Please expand upon all aspects of Alaeddin's struggles in relation to the king's own. Compare and contrast their similarities and differences.

Essay Topic 2

How, throughout Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves, is justice served for Ali Baba, Morgiana, the thieves, and Ali's family? Cite at least 5 examples from the story evidencing how justice prevailed despite many harrowing plot twists.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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