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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. In "The Land of Sad Oranges," what is the father's mood like immediately after the move?
2. What happened to Marwan's father?
3. In "The Land of Sad Oranges," what does the father send the children to do every morning?
4. When the narrator runs to the mountains, what does he leave behind in "The Land of Sad Oranges"?
5. What kind of journey is it to Kuwait?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Abul Khaizarun not married?
2. What is ironic about Abul Khaizarun confirming the bad reputation of smugglers?
3. In "If You Were a Horse," why is the son's belief that his father hates him and horses ironic?
4. Who are the antagonists in "The Land of Sad Oranges," and why?
5. In "If You Were a Horse," why does the father wish his son were a horse?
6. What does a reddish mole predict, according to superstition?
7. Why is Abu Qais hopeless?
8. What does the narrator's confusion about the father's money infer in "The Land of Sad Oranges"?
9. What does the orange look like at the end of "The Land of Sad Oranges," and what does it represent at the end?
10. In "If You Were a Horse," why does the father refuse to allow his son to perform his surgery?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
"If You Were a Horse" contains a prominent theme of superstition. What is the superstition? How does superstition play a role in the story , and how does the son come to believe it, though his logic tells him otherwise? How does the father feel about superstition? Remember to answer each question with evidence from the story.
Essay Topic 2
In "A Hand in the Grave," Nabil and his father may share the same blood, but they are very different, and often fight. How does the father see his son? How does Nabil see the father? How would you describe their relationship in general? Remember to answer each question with evidence from the story.
Essay Topic 3
In "The Land of the Sad Oranges," the family goes through a serious mental trauma because of the situation they find themselves in. The father is especially affected. How does the father's mental state transform throughout the story, and what events cause each transformation? What is his mental state at the end of the story, and why? Remember to answer each question thoroughly with evidence from the story.
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