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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 congratulate himself for not doing like Yasin when reprimanding him in Chapter 58?
2. Which of the following things does Ahmad not do when reprimanding Yasin in Chapter 58?
3. Of what nationality is Yasin's new wife?
4. Who visits Ahmad in Chapter 36 and gives him a verbal pounding?
5. What has Ahmad often fantasized about the person who visits his store in Chapter 35?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are Fahmy's views on nationalism, as described in Chapter 52?
2. How are Aisha's new surroundings described after she is married and Amina, Khadaji, and Kamal visit her?
3. How is Kamal's life affected by the revolution according to Chapter 55?
4. What is the nature of Ahmad's reprimands towards Yasin in Chapter 58?
5. What occurs when Ahmad and his sons attend the Friday prayer service in Chapter 61?
6. What is the nature of Fahmy and Yasin's conversation in Chapter 41?
7. How does Khadija react when Aisha asks her for help sewing her wedding gown?
8. How is Ahmad's visit with Umm Maryam described in Chapter 51?
9. Why does Fahmy believe British troops have set up camp across from Abd al-Jawad's doorstep?
10. How is Amina's homecoming described after Ahmad sends her a pardon to return?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
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?
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