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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 cloth was the small veil, or litham, made of that the nationalists' wives wore?
(a) Heavy cotton.
(b) Sheer silk chiffon.
(c) Wool.
(d) Polyester.

2. What did Mernissi's grandmother expect the children in the city harem to do when they visited her?
(a) Cook.
(b) Make sure their feet were not wet.
(c) Play loud games.
(d) Read stories to her.

3. Who was Zin?
(a) Doorkeeper.
(b) Messina's cousin.
(c) Family gardner.
(d) Family cook.

4. What did Asmahan always wear around her neck?
(a) Pearl necklace.
(b) Black fedora.
(c) Diamond necklace.
(d) Scarf.

5. What did Mernissi have to do every night as a child at sundown when the lights were turned on?
(a) Kiss the grownups hands and say good evening.
(b) Light candles.
(c) Serve tea.
(d) Make sure the lights were on in the stairwells.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Mernissi describe the shape of her face as a young child?

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

3. Who was in charge of finding music on the radio in the women's harem?

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

5. What language did Zin master?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What worried Samir and Mernissi about Hitler?

3. How did Grandfather Tazi try and persuade Yasmina to stop calling her duck Thor after his first wife?

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

5. What did the women of the harem do so they could listen to the radio?

6. What did Mernissi like about Chama's theory about how the harem first got started?

7. Describe Yasmina's appearance.

8. What happened when Chama tried to follow her male cousins to the movies?

9. How does Mernissi describe the Germans?

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

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