Shah of Shahs Test | Final Test - Easy

Ryszard Kapuściński
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The destroyer of monuments wrecks what kind of statues?
(a) Statues of modern art.
(b) Statues of the Prophet Mohammed.
(c) Statues of the Shah.
(d) Statues of Khomeini.

2. What aspect of the revolution does Europe express outrage over?
(a) Censorship of books and newspapers.
(b) Public executions.
(c) Committee-based leadership.
(d) Adulation of Khomeini.

3. What two camps does the post-revolution government divide itself into?
(a) Liberal and anarcho-capitalist.
(b) Conservative and progressive.
(c) Fascist and socialist.
(d) Siege and assault.

4. What is Razak's job?
(a) Working in a coal mine.
(b) Entertaining the Shah with his singing.
(c) Making paper.
(d) Making bread.

5. Which is NOT one of the traditional history book causes of revolution, according to Kapuscinski?
(a) Poverty.
(b) The uncontrolled word.
(c) Abuse.
(d) Oppression.

6. Why does Mahmud Azari return to Iran after an absence?
(a) He is attracted by the charisma of Khomeini.
(b) He is personally resolved to do his part in the revolution.
(c) He is requested to return by his brother.
(d) He gets a job transfer as part of the modernization initiative.

7. What do protesters shout in unison in many of the pro-revolution films?
(a) Death to Azari!
(b) Death to the Shah!
(c) Death to Khomeini!
(d) Death to Ali!

8. The Savak conduct a raid on which location, resulting in the arrest of many students?
(a) A private home holding secret meetings.
(b) A bazaar.
(c) A university.
(d) A mosque.

9. What time does Razak begin work every day?
(a) 4 am.
(b) 6 am.
(c) 8 am.
(d) 11 pm.

10. What are the two kinds of revolutions?
(a) Revolution by military, and revolution by civilians.
(b) Revolution by siege, and revolution by assault.
(c) Revolution by word, and revolution by deed.
(d) Revolution by violence, and revolution by peace.

11. What political party is Mahmud Azari forced to join?
(a) The pro-revolutionary party.
(b) The conservative party.
(c) The Shah's official political party.
(d) The progressive party.

12. When does Kapuscinski visit the U.S. Embassy?
(a) December 1978.
(b) January 1978.
(c) October 1979.
(d) May 1982.

13. Why does Kapuscinski believe revolutions often preach a return to tradition?
(a) Tradition is comforting to many people.
(b) Modern technology confuses and angers people.
(c) People want to expand and grow, rather than retreat inwardly.
(d) The past was objectively better than the present.

14. What action does America force the Shah to make, making the Shah appear weak?
(a) The Shah must stop producing nuclear energy.
(b) The Shah must release intellectuals from prison.
(c) The Shah must reopen the U.S. Embassy.
(d) The Shah must stop his Great Civilization plans.

15. Where were American hostages held as a result of the Iranian revolution?
(a) The United Nations building in Teheran.
(b) The Teheran National Bank.
(c) The U.S. Embassy.
(d) Khomeini's residence in Qom.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does authority cause revolution, according to Kapuscinski?

2. In the extended metaphor of the play, how is revolt (or revolution) demonstrated?

3. What was Khomeini's stance regarding internationalism and foreign influence?

4. What empty show of support does the Shah make for the people of Iran amid the violence of the revolution?

5. Why is Mahmud Azari stunned upon his return to Teheran?

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