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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 do the kids do when the father is set off?
2. In "The Land of Sad Oranges," what happens to the narrator and his family?
3. What does Marwan do in the morning?
4. In "If You Were a Horse," what does this object that the son finds contain?
5. On what condition does Assad borrow the money?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did the orange represent in the beginning of "The Land of Sad Oranges"?
2. Who are the antagonists in "The Land of Sad Oranges," and why?
3. In "If You Were a Horse," what does the black notebook reveal?
4. What does a reddish mole predict, according to superstition?
5. In "If You Were a Horse," why does the father refuse to allow his son to perform his surgery?
6. What foreshadows the deaths of Marwan, Abu Qais, and Assad?
7. Why is the father so depressed in "The Land of Sad Oranges"?
8. What is ironic about the conversation Abul Khaizarun has with a man in the customs office?
9. What is ironic about Abul Khaizarun confirming the bad reputation of smugglers?
10. What does the orange look like at the end of "The Land of Sad Oranges," and what does it represent at the end?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
"Umm Saad" may be the best example in this collection of stories to show the trials of motherhood. How does Umm Saad feel the trials of motherhood? How does she respond to her trials? Which traits help her most in her trials in motherhood? Remember to answer each question with evidence from the story.
Essay Topic 2
"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 3
The theme of innocence is prominent in "The Land of the Sad Oranges," and the narrator addresses it specifically. Describe the children at the beginning of the story. How do they change by the end? What happens to their innocence? Remember to answer each question thoroughly with specific examples from the story.
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