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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 does Zaita know the intimate details of the bakers' lives?

2. How does Sanker disrespect the old poet?

3. Why does Radwan Hussainy invite Kirsha into his home?

4. Why does Umm Hamida object to Salim Alwan's desire to marry Hamida?

5. Why is Umma Hamida pleased with Salim Alwan's offer?

Short Essay Questions

1. What bad habits does Mrs. Afify have?

2. When Hussain Kirsha returns home in a sorry state, who does he blame for his troubles?

3. Why is Hamida pleased when Abbas says that what she has done will always stand between them?

4. Why does Ibrahim Faraj refrain from having sex with Hamida?

5. How does Radwan Hussainy behave toward his wife that is in contrast to his treatment of all others?

6. How does Hamida feel about questions of morality?

7. Why does Radwan Hussainy tell Salim Alwan that he is better off with his sickness than others are with their health?

8. How do Hamida and her friends feel about the Jewish girls that work in Cairo?

9. How had Sheikh Darwish become a homeless man of God?

10. What does Hamida mean when she quotes the saying to her foster mother, "It's always the carpenter's door that's falling apart?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters in the story face strong internal conflicts as well as external conflicts with people or circumstances. Select two characters who do battle inside themselves and analyze their conflicts.

Essay Topic 2

Evaluate the character of Sheikh Darwish. What makes him a holy man? What effect do his pronouncements have on those around him? As a stylistic tool, he is used by Mahfouz for foreshadowing and explanation. Use examples of both in your analysis.

Essay Topic 3

A character foil is one whose characteristics provide a contrast to a main character. Is Hussain Kirsha a character foil for Abbas? Why or why not? Compare and contrast the characters of the two young men.

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