Internment: A Novel Test | Final Test - Hard

Samira Ahmed
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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 does Jake tell Layla his orders were?

2. What does the Red Cross’ visit remind Layla of?

3. How far into the future does Ahmed say Internment is set?

4. Why do Saleem and Fauzi offer the internees rewards?

5. What does Layla say rebellions are based on?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does David’s second visit come about, and what does it accomplish?

2. How does Fred save Layla from the Director during this second interview?

3. When the Director visits Layla in her cell, what does he tell her about his view of the world and the need for the camp?

4. What changes when Dr. Han comes to examine Layla’s injuries in her cell?

5. Where is Layla interrogated again, after the interview in the Director’s office?

6. What does the Director want from Layla when he calls her to his office?

7. How does Layla characterize the crowd that advances to the gates?

8. When Layla gets back from the brig, what does she find has happened to her parents?

9. What does Layla tell the crowd when she gets the bullhorn, and what does she say about America?

10. What are the factors that are leading the camp to a more confrontational footing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What personal qualities are responsible for Layla’s leadership? What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking the leadership position? What kind of leader is Layla, and what makes her successful?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the difference between writing a novel and performing activism. How are they similar, how are they different? Is Ahmed’s book a form of activism? What are the advantages and disadvantages of writing a novel as a form of activism?

Essay Topic 3

When is Internment most itself? What is its characteristic passage, or moment? What makes that moment or passage the most representative of the book as a whole? Are there any places where the book seems to depart from its typical self, as if to become a different book?

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