Persepolis: the Story of a Childhood 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. Where do the Satrapis get their news?

2. Where do Satrapi’s friends take her during school?

3. How long did it take before Marjane Satrapi found out what happened to Pardisse’s father?

4. What does Satrapi tell Pardisse after they give their reports?

5. How do Satrapi’s parents bring back rock and roll posters?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the war change at the beginning of Chapter 18: The Shabbat?

2. Why doesn’t the war end when Iraq makes a peace proposal?

3. What is Satrapi’s mother’s reaction when the principal of the second school calls the house?

4. Describe Satrapi’s shopping trip with her mother’s friend’s children.

5. How does it come about that Iran retaliates with an air strike on Iraq?

6. What confrontation do Satrapi and her classmates have with their teachers?

7. How does Satrapi find out about her friend Neda Baba-Levy’s death?

8. What liberties does Satrapi take with her parents’ patience as political conditions deteriorate?

9. How does Satrapi avoid getting into trouble with the Guardians of the Revolution?

10. What ceremonies do Satrapi and other Iranians perform in response to the war?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Watch the film of Persepolis. Compare and contrast the film, which Satrapi herself consulted on, and the book. How are they similar? How are they different? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

Essay Topic 2

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

Essay Topic 3

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the graphic novel format? What kinds of things does this genre do well? What could have been done better in a prose novel, or even in a movie?

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