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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Yasmina like to do that caused Grandfather Tazi to think she was eccentric?
(a) Climbing trees and hanging on the branches.
(b) Cursing.
(c) Smoking.
(d) Staying up all night.

2. What kind of jewelry did Yasmina wear that Mernissi liked to play with?
(a) Sapphire necklace.
(b) Opal ring.
(c) Strands of pink pearls.
(d) Diamond bracelet.

3. What was the "djellaba" that Mernissi's mother wanted to wear?
(a) Men's coat that allowed for freedom of walking.
(b) Dress styled on western fashions.
(c) Pants that the nationalists' wives wore.
(d) Caftan.

4. What did Yaya give the wives of the harem in exchange for them doing her housework?
(a) Fruit.
(b) Money.
(c) Bread.
(d) A weekly story.

5. What color uniforms did the French soldiers wear when Mernissi was young?
(a) Green.
(b) Gray.
(c) Blue.
(d) Red.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who helped Mernissi get permission to go to the movies as a child?

2. What were the streets of Medina like when Mernissi was growing up?

3. What did Mernissi's grandmother expect the children in the city harem to do when they visited her?

4. As a child, who did Mernissi have to wait for in order to go into the courtyard in the morning?

5. What did Mernissi admire about her Aunt Habiba?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Yasmina and the other co-wives admire Tamou?

2. What was life like for Mernissi in the upstairs quarters of her home?

3. What worried Samir and Mernissi about Hitler?

4. How did the Mernissi harem prepare to go on a picnic in the country?

5. Why did Mernissi consider the French soldiers to be fearful of the citizens of Medina?

6. What did Fatima Mernissi do as a child while she waited for her mother to wake up each morning?

7. How does Mernissi describe the Germans?

8. Describe the kind of clothing Mernissi was dressed in as a child.

9. How did the harem in the city differ from the one at Mernissi's grandfather's farm?

10. What did Mernissi's mother say to her daughter about rebelling against her?

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