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 kind of coops does Amina keep on her roof?

2. Who accompanies Amina to a mosque in Chapter 27?

3. What profession is the man that Yasin has learned his mother will marry in Chapter 17?

4. At what time does Amina have to wait up on her husband every night?

5. What does Amina ask God to forgive her husband for when she helps wash him after he gets home?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Yasin remember his happy childhood ruined by a fruit merchant?

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

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

4. How are Kamal's "story hungry" actions described in Chapter 9?

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

6. How does the family react when Fahmy asks Amina to arrange his marriage to Maryam?

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

8. How are Ahmad's actions to those outside his household described?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters of Yasin and Ahmad. What parallels are present between these two characters and what is significant about these?

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

Early in the book, it becomes clear that there is a pointed difference in the way the men and women of Ahmad's family are treated.

Part 1.) What can we learn about the difference between men and women in Ahmad's household based on the morning rituals of each in his house?

Part 2.) What is telling about the time period of the book based on the treatment of men and women in the book?

Part 3.) What can we learn about the nature of Ahmad's character based on his treatment of men and women in the book?

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