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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 does Yasin not invite to his wedding?
2. Who is absent from coffee hour in Chapter 42?
3. Who do Ahmad's children decide to ask for help to get him to let Amina return?
4. Who does a young theology student accuse of being a spy at prayer service?
5. What is Ahmad shocked to learn that Yasin does every night?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Fahmy stirred by politics in Chapter 48?
2. How does Ahmad participate in politics according to his actions in Chapter 49?
3. How does Khadija react when Aisha asks her for help sewing her wedding gown?
4. How is Amina's homecoming described after Ahmad sends her a pardon to return?
5. What are Fahmy's views on nationalism, as described in Chapter 52?
6. How is Yasin's last meeting with his mother described?
7. What happens when Yasin finds the maid Nur on the roof of the house?
8. Why does Fahmy believe British troops have set up camp across from Abd al-Jawad's doorstep?
9. How is Kamal's life affected by the revolution according to Chapter 55?
10. How is Ahmad's visit with Umm Maryam described in Chapter 51?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The concept of marriage is one subject that is discussed by numerous characters throughout the book, each with his/her own ideas of what it represents.
Part 1.) How do characters like Aisha and Khadija feel about the notion of marriage?
Part 2.) What reasons does Ahmad have for not allowing his children to be married when they wish?
Part 3.) What is telling about the nature of marriage in the book based on Yasin's experience?
Essay Topic 2
Examine the author's portrayal of Egyptian society in the book, and note if Ahmad fits into this portrayal or not. What clues can be found to suggest that Ahmad's household rituals are more extreme than the norm in Egypt?
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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