Palace Walk Test | Final 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 does Ahmad say he does not do to his friends that take wives and daughters on outings with them?

2. What is Yasin filled with on the day of his wedding?

3. What does Kamal receive from the British troops after they chase him and Umm Hanafi?

4. Who visits Ahmad at his store at the beginning of Chapter 35?

5. Who does the person who visits Ahmad in Chapter 36 wish for her son to marry?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of Ahmad's reprimands towards Yasin in Chapter 58?

2. What occurs when Ahmad and his sons attend the Friday prayer service in Chapter 61?

3. What is the nature of Iffat's visit to Ahmad's store in Chapter 60?

4. How does Kamal tell Ahmad that he wants Amina back in their house?

5. What does Jalia confront Ahmad about when she joins the men's party during Aisha's marriage celebration?

6. Why does Fahmy believe British troops have set up camp across from Abd al-Jawad's doorstep?

7. How are Aisha's new surroundings described after she is married and Amina, Khadaji, and Kamal visit her?

8. What happens when Yasin finds the maid Nur on the roof of the house?

9. How does Fahmy react when the first martyrs start dying in the revolution?

10. How is Yasin's last meeting with his mother described?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the role that superstition plays in Amina's life and the connections they have to her pious faith. What is telling of Amina's faith based on her superstitious rituals and speeches in the book?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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