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 does Usbek think of the rituals intended to pacify the gods?

2. What happens to the woman killed by her husband in the story in letter 135?

3. What does Rica ridicule in letter 80?

4. What king died according to letter 122?

5. Why does Usbek think the Muslims have not been able to grow like the Jews have?

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, 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

Usbek writes several times about changes in population and gives examples of different causes. Analyze and discuss the causes of changes in population and conclude which one is more likely. Students should use secondary sources to determine population during the time the book was written to support their essay.

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