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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 Ahmad do to Amina after she has healed from her injury?
2. How does Amina's mother describe her grandfather and father to suggest why evil cannot befall her?
3. What is the name of the sheikh that admonishes Ahmad for his adultery and drunkenness?
4. Who are quarreling when Amina tells them she is leaving the house?
5. What is Ahmad's assistant waiting to hear recited by a sheikh in Chapter 7?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the family react when Fahmy asks Amina to arrange his marriage to Maryam?
2. How is Yasin's meeting with his mother described in Chapter 18?
3. What happens to Amina after her broken collarbone has healed?
4. How is Ahmad's daily ritual each morning described?
5. How are Amina's duties on her roof described in Chapter 6?
6. How are Ahmad's actions to those outside his household described?
7. How are Ahmad's attempts at getting Zubayda to sing at a party described in Chapter 15?
8. What is Kamal doing after leaving school in Chapter 8?
9. How is Aisha's beauty regimine described in the book?
10. Why does Aisha stand alone at her window each morning?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the nature of ritual in Ahmad's home. Why does Ahmad's family agree to perform the daily rituals and chores he demands of them?
Essay Topic 2
The subject of religion is discussed on many levels, including Amina's piety, the presence of holy figures, and talk of the Qur'an.
Part 1.) How does Amina represent pious and religious behavior in the book?
Part 2.) What purpose might the author have for including holy figures like al-Husayn and the sheikhs in the book?
Part 3.) What role does the Qur'an play in the book?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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