Persian Letters. Translated with an Introd. and Notes, by C. J. Betts Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Usbek writing to in letter 119?

2. What would the French rather copy than create according to Rica in letter 97?

3. What does Rica write about in letter 120?

4. How does Ubsek call the silliness he talks about in letter 98?

5. What does the rich man wish in letter 126?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Persian Letters was published anonymously in 1721 in Amsterdam and discussed French life from an outside perspective. In an essay, discuss why Montesquieu chose to publish outside of France and how the book was part of the Enlightenment, which questioned the church's authority. Students may use the book and secondary sources to support their discussion.

Essay Topic 2

In Persian Letters, Montesquieu examines the importance of ritual and the pacification of the gods. In an essay, discuss what rituals may be intended to pacify the gods and why they are important to Muslims or those in other religions. Students should use quotes from the book and a secondary source to support their discussion and make sure they define ritual in their essay.

Essay Topic 3

In Persian Letters, the head eunuch writes to Usbek and discusses an arranged marriage or purchasing a woman for Usbek's brother. In an essay, discuss the history of arranged marriage, its potential benefits and drawbacks, as well as why Montesquieu chose to use this in the book. Use examples from the text to support your discussion.

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