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Ryszard Kapuściński
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In which year did Reza Khan stage an overthrow of the government?
(a) 1921.
(b) 1896.
(c) 1944.
(d) 1963.

2. Where do members of the Shah's retinue travel to on a regular basis to have lunch?
(a) Munich.
(b) Qom.
(c) Tabriz.
(d) Johannesburg.

3. Which does NOT apply to the Iranian stereotype of masculinity?
(a) Intelligent cunning.
(b) Brashness.
(c) Authoritative demeanor.
(d) Discipline.

4. What relationship was Ali to the Prophet Mohammed?
(a) Son-in-law.
(b) Son.
(c) Father.
(d) He was a good friend.

5. Reza Khan was an officer in which military organization?
(a) Persian Cossack Brigade.
(b) Savak Secret Police.
(c) Allied Forces of World War II.
(d) Shah's Personal Bodyguards.

Short Answer Questions

1. How has international tourism changed since the coming of Khomeini?

2. In what year did Doctor Mossadegh die?

3. Agha Mohammed Khan, during a massacre, ordered what fate for the children of the town?

4. Doctor Mossadegh importantly nationalized which industry in Iran?

5. What is the point of Photograph 12's political cartoon, in which confused people are holding parts of cars?

Short Essay Questions

1. On the television in "Cards, Faces, Fields of Flowers," what is Khomeini preaching? What is his message?

2. Describe the important event of December 23, 1973, as it relates to Iranian history.

3. Describe the story of Agha Mohammed Khan. Why does Kapuscinski mention this event?

4. What is the state of international tourism in Iran at the start of Shah and Shahs?

5. What is Qom, and how is it associated with Ayatollah Khomeini?

6. Describe the photograph involving the scene at the bus stop (Photograph 7).

7. For Kapuscinski, what does oil represent in Middle Eastern nations? Why does he call the allure of oil deceptive?

8. Describe how Reza Khan was forced from his position as Shah of Iran.

9. Characterize Reza Khan as a ruler. What were his goals as a ruler? How did he accomplish these goals?

10. Describe why Kapuscinski feels that Shiism and Iranian culture were well-matched.

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