Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind Test | Mid-Book 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 does Shabanu keep the spending money Dadi gives her for the fair?

2. What does Shabanu use to keep the scorpions away from their bedrolls?

3. What tribe does Dadi consider to be dangerous and unpredictable on the journey to the fair?

4. What are the men sitting around the fire doing?

5. How many baby camels are there when Dadi and Shabanu return home from their journey?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why can't Grandfather be buried inside the fort at Derawar?

2. What does Grandfather tell Shabanu after she returns from Sibi?

3. What happens when Shabanu goes from the women's camp to gather fodder and firewood?

4. What disturbing thing does Shabanu learn about how other tribes treat camels?

5. What does Auntie tell Shabanu the morning after Hamir is killed by Nazir?

6. What does Shabanu realize as she tells Phulan all about the Sibi fair?

7. What does Shabanu know is the reality for every Muslim girl?

8. What is the celebration at Shabanu's camp like on the last night of the Sibi fair?

9. What is the legend of the thirsty dead?

10. How does Shabanu break with tradition on Grandfather's behalf?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how the relationships between fathers and daughters was portrayed in the novel. Contrast this with the relationship between mothers and daughters in Shabanu.

Essay Topic 2

What does the character Sharma represent in the story? What advice does she give Shabanu, and what role does that advice play in the choices Shabanu makes?

Essay Topic 3

Is Staples trying to give the reader a slice of nomadic desert life, or is she making a larger statement about the mistreatment of women in countries like Pakistan?

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