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. What novels shocked the monk in letter 130 more than the novels found in Europe?

2. What are Armenians for the Persian empire according to Usbek?

3. What does Rica ridicule in letter 80?

4. What does Nargum wonder about the Tartar?

5. What does Usbek tell Rhedi is dangerous in letter 103?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Persian Letters, Usbek writes about half-hearted lifestyles, particularly how Christians seem to interpret the laws to their benefit in regard to slavery. Discuss the correlation between rationalizing personal behavior and adhering to one's beliefs.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The Persian Letters examines the difference between Persians and western Europeans regarding courting and marital relations. In an essay, examine the differences and similarities between the two cultures and discuss the potential ramifications, such as cultural expectations. Use examples from the book to support your discussion.

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