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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who did Mernissi go with to the forbidden terrace on her first visit?
(a) Chama.
(b) Malika.
(c) Aunt Habiba.
(d) Her mother.

2. What was the drink Zeri'a made from?
(a) Dates.
(b) Melon seeds.
(c) Pomegranates.
(d) Pineapples.

3. What did Samir and Malika plan to analyze when they went up to the forbidden terrace?
(a) The meaning of a harem.
(b) The escape route from the house.
(c) Airplane patterns.
(d) How high they could climb before they got dizzy.

4. What was the one thing that Mernissi's mother and Lalla Radia, Samir's mother, agreed upon?
(a) Their hatred of co-wives.
(b) Their friendship with their mother-in-law.
(c) Their belief in harems.
(d) Their love of singing.

5. What kind of food did Aunt Habiba cure in the sun?
(a) Grapes.
(b) Figs.
(c) Peaches.
(d) Olives.

6. In "Mina, the Rootless," who did Mernissi say she was having difficulties with during their conversations?
(a) Her father.
(b) Samir.
(c) Aunt Habiba.
(d) Her mother.

7. Which woman of the harem was occasionally affected by hem?
(a) Malika.
(b) Chama.
(c) Mernissi's mother.
(d) Mernissi's grandmother.

8. Who owed a large sum of money to Sis Sussi?
(a) Chama.
(b) Malika.
(c) Samir.
(d) Mernissi.

9. What did Mernissi want to influence with her magic spells?
(a) Her flowering plants.
(b) The presents she received.
(c) The amount of time she had to read.
(d) Her grades and her sex appeal.

10. What did Mernissi say was the cure for hem?
(a) Taking medicine.
(b) Sleep.
(c) Eating.
(d) Beauty and quiet.

11. Why did the children get treated with indulgence by the women of the harem?
(a) Treating children well meant they would be rewarded by Allah.
(b) They thought children should never be punished.
(c) Because they knew that the children could tell the men what they were doing.
(d) They were so well behaved.

12. Who came to the terrace to look at the Bennis girls?
(a) Young girls wanting to learn to dance.
(b) Grandmothers of young men.
(c) The young men of the house.
(d) Teachers looking for artist models.

13. What did Zin borrow from his father for his costumes for Chama's plays?
(a) Rope belts.
(b) Shoes.
(c) Walking stick.
(d) Turbans and capes.

14. What planet had to appear in the sky on a Friday evening in order to cast a love spell?
(a) Mars.
(b) Venus.
(c) Jupiter.
(d) Saturn.

15. What kind of herb did Mernissi say that Aunt Habiba added to olives?
(a) Oregano.
(b) Hot pepper.
(c) Thyme.
(d) Lemon dill.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the tradition that Mernissi's mother followed after her beauty treatments were finished?

2. What word was embroidered on Chama and Mernissi's mother's black velvet hats?

3. Who was Mina?

4. What kind of bird did Chama and Mernissi's mother embroider on Chama's red silk qamis?

5. What was the official means of access to the forbidden terrace?

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