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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 is Kamal doing in a circle of soldiers in Chapter 59?
2. What does Fahmy do after the first martyrs fall to English bullets?
3. Whose daughter does Ahmad announce Yasin will marry?
4. Who does Ahmad not learn about political situations from?
5. What does Kamal receive from the British troops after they chase him and Umm Hanafi?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Ahmad's visit with Umm Maryam described in Chapter 51?
2. What do Kamal and Umm Hanafi tell the others happened when they were chased by British troops?
3. What is the nature of Iffat's visit to Ahmad's store in Chapter 60?
4. How is Yasin and Zaynab's marriage described in Chapter 46?
5. Why is Fahmy stirred by politics in Chapter 48?
6. What are Fahmy's views on nationalism, as described in Chapter 52?
7. How is Yasin's last meeting with his mother described?
8. How are Aisha's new surroundings described after she is married and Amina, Khadaji, and Kamal visit her?
9. How does Ahmad participate in politics according to his actions in Chapter 49?
10. How does Kamal act towards the British troops in Chapter 64?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the portrayal of martyrdom in the book, focusing on Fahmy's journey of becoming a martyr and the obstacles he overcame. What is the country's true feelings towards martyrs based on the nature of Fahmy's burial in the book?
Essay Topic 2
Examine the role fate plays in the lives of Ahmad's children who refuse to argue with his rules, especially about marriage. What is telling of Aisha based on her decision to leave being married up to fate?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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