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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. What is the name of the matchmaker that visits Ahmad's store in Chapter 14?
3. Who does Ahmad insist get married first out of his children in Chapter 5?
4. What does Yasin say he can no longer pretend regarding his mother when he visits Ahmad in Chapter 17?
5. Where does Chapter 7 take place?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Yasin's meeting with his mother described in Chapter 18?
2. How is Kamal's visit to Maryam in Chapter 21 described?
3. What does Fahmy do while sitting on a roof with Kamal in Chapter 10?
4. How does Yasin prowl for women in Chapter 12?
5. How does Amina's sons react when they come to visit her at her mother's house just after her exile?
6. How does Yasin remember his happy childhood ruined by a fruit merchant?
7. How is Aisha's beauty regimine described in the book?
8. What happens when Amina confesses leaving the house to visit the al-Husayn shrine to Ahmad?
9. How does Ahmad react when a matchmaker hints that Mme. Nafusa wanted to be his second wife?
10. How are Ahmad and Mme. Zubayda's interactions described in Chapter 14?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the characters Yasin and Fahmy in the book. What do these brothers consider important in life that helps define them and set them apart from each other?
Essay Topic 2
Examine the symbolism of author's use of religious and political figures in the book, notably Martyr al-Husayn and Sa'd Zaghlul. What tone might the author be trying to set to describe the impact these figures had on Egyptian culture?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the concept of submission in the book, notably through Ahmad and Amina's relationship. What might Amina feel that submitting to her husband would represent in terms of her culture and social beliefs?
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