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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. Who is described as "story hungry" in Chapter 9?

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

3. Which of the following does Yasin not do to forget his mother in Chapter 13?

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

5. How does Amina react when Fahmy asks her to arrange his marriage to Maryam?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Ahmad react when a matchmaker hints that Mme. Nafusa wanted to be his second wife?

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

5. How are the three visitors that come to Ahmad's home described?

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

7. How does Ahmad react to Shaykh Mutawalli's claim that he is an adulterer in Chapter 7?

8. How are Ahmad's actions at a party where he hires Zubayda to sing described?

9. Why does Aisha stand alone at her window each morning?

10. What is Kamal doing after leaving school in Chapter 8?

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

Much of the end of the book focuses on the nature of Egyptian politics and the nationalist movement happening in 1919.

Part 1.) What is the nature of the nationalist movement in Cairo in 1919?

Part 2.) What does the reader learn about the nationalist movement from Fahmy's speeches in the book?

Part 3.) What role does the British troops' presence in the book in regards to the nationalist movement?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the nature of the family coffee hour in the book. What is telling of the family's fear of Ahmad based on the openness of their coffee hour discussions?

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