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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 forbid Fahmy to do in Chapter 62?
2. What does Ahmad feel singled out by the preacher's call to at prayer service?
3. What does Iffat demand of Ahmad when he visits him in Chapter 60?
4. Who protests the danger when Fahmy announces he is distributing a document that is illegal under martial law?
5. What does Amina wish to do for Khadija after growing concerned about her in Chapter 38?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Kamal act towards the British troops in Chapter 64?
2. Why is Fahmy stirred by politics in Chapter 48?
3. What is the nature of Fahmy and Yasin's conversation in Chapter 41?
4. How is Yasin and Zaynab's marriage described in Chapter 46?
5. Why does Fahmy believe British troops have set up camp across from Abd al-Jawad's doorstep?
6. What occurs when Ahmad and his sons attend the Friday prayer service in Chapter 61?
7. How is Yasin's wedding reception described?
8. How does Fahmy react when the first martyrs start dying in the revolution?
9. What is the nature of Ahmad's reprimands towards Yasin in Chapter 58?
10. How does Kamal tell Ahmad that he wants Amina back in their house?
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 author's portrayal of domesticity in the female characters of Ahmad's household. What is telling of the changes in culture based on Amina and Khadija's differing views on domesticity?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the impact the revolution in Cairo had on the book's characters, namely Kamal and Fahmy. How were Fahmy and Kamal on two sides of the spectrum in terms of the revolution's impact on their lives?
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