Palace Walk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is Yasin's mother's name?

2. Who does Amina tell Fahmy will be the one they have a hard time getting to agree on his marriage to Maryam?

3. What is wrong with Ahmad in Chapter 3 that makes noises anger him?

4. What does Amina see as her sign of dedication for her husband?

5. Who has been standing at her bedroom window for months yearning for a young police officer that walks by?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Ahmad's attempts at getting Zubayda to sing at a party described in Chapter 15?

2. How is Amina injured on her way home from visiting the al-Husayn shrine?

3. How does Yasin prowl for women in Chapter 12?

4. How does the family react to Ahmad's announcement that Aisha cannot marry in Chapter 26?

5. How are Ahmad and Mme. Zubayda's interactions described in Chapter 14?

6. How does Ahmad react to Fahmy's request to marry Maryam?

7. What happens when Amina confesses leaving the house to visit the al-Husayn shrine to Ahmad?

8. How does Amina's sons react when they come to visit her at her mother's house just after her exile?

9. How is Amina's mother described when she goes to stay with her during her exile?

10. What is the nature of Yasin's complaints about his mother when he visits Ahmad in Chapter 17?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The underlying theme throughout the entire book has been Ahmad's tyranny over his family, with little explanation for what motivates his actions towards others.

Part 1.) What is Ahmad's nature based on his need to be a tyrant over his household?

Part 2.) How does Ahmad's tyranny parallel similar political actions going on in Egypt at the time?

Part 3.) Does Ahmad's ponderings after Fahmy's funeral suggest that he may have had a change of heart regarding his tyrannous treatment of his family?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the role fate plays in the lives of Ahmad's children who refuse to argue with his rules, especially about marriage. What is telling of Aisha based on her decision to leave being married up to fate?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the author's portrayal of Egyptian society in the book, and note if Ahmad fits into this portrayal or not. What clues can be found to suggest that Ahmad's household rituals are more extreme than the norm in Egypt?

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