Disgraced Test | Final 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. Why does Amir say he changed his name?

2. Why does Emily say she does not like the work Amir prefers to her present work?

3. How does Abe say that Muslims have been disgraced?

4. What does Jory say she remembers of the Quran, from reading it in college?

5. What kind of salad does Emily offer her guests, to distract from the contentious conversation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What causes Amir to hit Emily?

2. What caused Amir to change his name?

3. What does Amir do to help Abe in Scene 4?

4. What does Emily mean when she says, in Scene 4, that her work was naïve?

5. How is Abe’s appearance in Scene 4 different from his entrance in Scene 1?

6. What is Amir likely seeing at the end of the play when he looks at the portrait Emily made of him, based on Velázquez’ Portrait of Juan de Pareja?

7. What do we learn about Isaac when Amir asks him if he eats pork?

8. What is the significance of Abe’s arrival at the end of Scene 3?

9. In Scene 4, Amir says that Emily was right about him: what was she right about?

10. What does Amir accuse Emily and Isaac, in Scene 3, of feeling about Islam?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While talking about Islam and her art, Emily expresses the sentiment that people spend too much time focused on optics, and have “forgotten to look at things for what they really are” (31). Is this the closest thing the play gives us, by way of a rule for living or seeing? Is the tragedy of the play that none of the characters can live up to Emily’s vision? Or is it that even Emily’s pronouncement is insufficient, as she herself says, when she says later that she was naïve?

Essay Topic 2

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

Essay Topic 3

Disgraced is a play that assumes a huge amount of back story and cultural awareness. What are the main historical/cultural narratives Akhtar refers to, and how does he make them personal to the characters? Are these characters proxies for a cultural battle? Are they victims of a larger battle between people’s cultural assumptions? Does anyone achieve any freedom from those assumptions, in the end?

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