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Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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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 is the name of Ayaan's grandmother whom she describes in Chapter One?

2. Chapter 7, "Disillusion and Deceit" describes what length of time in which Ayaan lived in Somalia?

3. In Chapter 6, "Doubt and Defiance" Ayaan begins wearing what?

4. What word refers to both the head covering traditionally worn by Muslim women and modest Muslim styles of dress in general?

5. What is the capital of Somalia?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where was Ayaan's family living in Chapter 5, "Secret Rendezvous, Sex, and the Scent of Sukumawiki"? How is this period described?

2. Why did Ayaan end her relationship with a fellow Muslim in Chapter 7, "Disillusion and Deceit"?

3. What did the author learn from looking back at her childhood in Chapter 4, "Weeping Orphans and Widowed Wives"?

4. Who did Ayaan's father plan for Ayaan to marry in Chapter 9, "Abeh"? How did she feel about the arrangement?

5. What is foreshadowed in the author's discussion of government in Chapter 4, "Weeping Orphans and Widowed Wives"?

6. What led to Ayaan's return to Mogadishu in Chapter 6, "Doubt and Defiance"? Who granted her permission to go?

7. Who did Ayaan's father marry in Chapter 9, "Abeh"? Why?

8. How is the physical abuse the author withstood described in Chapter 5, "Secret Rendezvous, Sex, and the Scent of Sukumawiki"?

9. How does the author describe her grandmother in Chapter 1, "Bloodlines"?

10. Where did Ayaan and her sister go once the fighting began to spread in Chapter 8, "Refugees"? What is foreseen regarding Ayaan's marriage in the chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the role of tolkas in Somali society and the divorce of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. How are tolkas arranged and who is present? How did Ayaan's husband respond to her request for divorce? What was the reaction of Ayaan's family?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the family history of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. What was the importance of bloodlines and tribal alliances in Somalia as Ayaan was growing up? Why did her grandmother place importance on lineage? With whose side of her family was the author closest?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the narrative style of the autobiography and the main settings described in the Introduction. Where did the author spend the majority of her childhood? In what person and tense is the story related?

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