Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories Test | Final 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. What does Umm Saad tell her cousin to tell the commander?

2. What kind of woman is Umm Saad?

3. Why does Suhail put his arm in the grave instead of Nabil?

4. Who is Nabil going to fulfill his task with?

5. What does Umm Saad wonder about the commander?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly describe the story of the Nar.

2. In "The Falcon," where did the gazelle go when it left, and why?

3. Why is Umm Saad disappointed when the narrator tells her that soldiers have no need for mothers?

4. What did Jadaan do after he met the red-haired woman?

5. What is the rumor concerning Jadaan and a red-haired woman?

6. What unique trait of motherhood does Umm Saad display when speaking about Saad?

7. How is Jadaan similar to Nar?

8. How does Umm Saad support her son at the end of the story?

9. Why would it be irrational for Suhail to think that he stuck his fingers in the corpse's eyes?

10. What does Nabil's physical appearance at the beginning of the story say about him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Umm Saad goes through many feelings during the story as she tells her cousin about her son. What emotional turns does Umm Saad take when telling the story to her cousin, and what causes these emotional turns? How does she recover from each turn, and what does she console herself with? Remember to answer each question with evidence from the story.

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