Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ghassan Kanafani
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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. How long does the family stay in the house in Sidon?

2. How much does Marwan have to pay to go to Kuwait, according to Abul Khaizarun's price?

3. In "The Land of Sad Oranges," what do the kids do when the father is set off?

4. Why is the son afraid that his father is dead in "If You Were a Horse"?

5. What does the mother hand the father in "The Land of Sad Oranges"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Marwan's father leave Marwan's mother?

2. Who are the antagonists in "The Land of Sad Oranges," and why?

3. In "The Land of Sad Oranges," when a child requests something from his father, what happens?

4. What does the narrator's confusion about the father's money infer in "The Land of Sad Oranges"?

5. What does a reddish mole predict, according to superstition?

6. Why is Abul Khaizarun not married?

7. What foreshadows the importance of the river in "Men in the Sun"?

8. Why is Abu Qais hopeless?

9. In "If You Were a Horse," why does the father wish his son were a horse?

10. What does the orange look like at the end of "The Land of Sad Oranges," and what does it represent at the end?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Falcon," Jadaan and the falcon have many similarities. Describe these similarities using at least three examples. How are they different? Remember to answer each question with evidence from the story.

Essay Topic 2

There are four main characters in "Men in the Sun," and they all have different backgrounds. Describe each character and their background. What do all the characters have in common? What makes them all different? Remember to answer each question with evidence from the story.

Essay Topic 3

Irony is a theme that runs throughout "Men in the Sun" in the form of some of the character's actions and some of their words or the situations they find themselves in. Name three specific instances of irony, and explain why they are ironic. Remember to answer each question thoroughly with evidence from the story.

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