Disgraced Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ayad Akhtar
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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 class are Amir and Emily in, based on their furnishings?

2. What is Amir concerned about, in the depiction of his testimony in support of Imam Fareed?

3. What does Amir say his relationship with Mort is like?

4. Where does Amir’s sister, Abe’s mother, live?

5. How does Emily say Amir’s mother treated her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Abe mean when he says that Amir had to go “the other way” for a while (15)?

2. How do Amir and Emily think differently about Amir’s position about Imam Fareed?

3. What do we learn about Amir and Emily’s relationship when Emily tells Amir that she happens to know he “likes it a little fucked up,” meaning that there is something odd about painting him after a painting of a slave (9)?

4. How does Abe’s arrival tell us about how Amir’s career developed?

5. What can we understand about Abe by his appearance when he appears in Amir and Emily’s apartment?

6. What is the archetype for Amir Kapoor’s character?

7. How does “submission” factor into Islamic art, according to Emily in her discussion with Isaac?

8. What does Emily mean when she invokes Goldman Sachs in the discussion about the imam?

9. What does the stage set tell us about the social class Amir Kapoor and Emily Hughes-Kapoor are in?

10. How has Amir’s religious career developed over the course of his life, according to Abe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Are Amir and Emily tragic figures? What do they lose, and why do they lose it? How do they draw our sympathies out? What new awareness do they arrive at in the end? What new awareness do they bring the audience to?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the important of Velázquez’ Portrait of Juan de Pareja n Disgraced. Why is this painting so important? How does its importance differ between characters? How does Amir’s sense of the painting change over the course of the play?

Essay Topic 3

Who is the audience for Disgraced? What is the ideal reader for Disgraced likely to think about the play’s main topics? How does this play try to affect the reader? What is it trying to teach him or her, or get him or her to do?

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