Shah of Shahs Test | Final Test - Medium

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. Why did Mahmud Azari originally leave the country of Iran?
(a) He left for a university education.
(b) His daughter died, and he needed a change of environment.
(c) He got a job transfer.
(d) He was persecuted by the Savak.

2. What event starts the Iranian revolution?
(a) Children in the city of Kerman are blinded by the military.
(b) An unflattering article about Khomeini is printed in a newspaper.
(c) Students are arrested in a raid.
(d) The Iranian Writers' Association holds a mass protest.

3. While back in Iran, Mahmud Azari is handed revolutionist literature written by whom?
(a) Doctor Mossadegh.
(b) Ali Asqara Jawadi.
(c) Soraya Esfandiari.
(d) Mohammed Ferdousi.

4. After massacres, the dead are commemorated in a service after how many days?
(a) One hundred days.
(b) Ninety days.
(c) Forty days.
(d) Seven days.

5. The destroyer of monuments has been destroying monuments for how long?
(a) Since 1962.
(b) He had just started two weeks ago.
(c) Since 1977.
(d) Since 1941.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the extended metaphor of the play, who is the audience?

2. Where does Mahmud Azari live while away from Iran?

3. What is the occupation of Mr. Ferdousi?

4. What is the definition of "revolution by assault"?

5. What times does Razak work until every day?

Short Essay Questions

1. What anecdote does Kapuscinski share about the Persian carpet salesman, and what is this salesman's message?

2. What is the Shah forced by the Americans to do shortly before the revolution? How do the people react to the Shah's action?

3. How does the local newspaper respond to the events surrounding Azari's beating?

4. Describe the "professional wrecker" that Kapuscinski interviews in "The Dead Flame."

5. How does Mahmud Azari sum up the psychological atmosphere in Iran, and its relationship to the modernization going on?

6. Why does Kapuscinski feels that Shah blundered in his response to unrest prior to the revolution?

7. What is significant about the trip Kapuscinski makes in December 1978?

8. Describe the incident in which Azari is beaten.

9. What do revolution leaders do with Shah loyalists, and how does this action demonstrate a wide divide between Iranian and Western cultures?

10. What common structure unites pro-revolution films on television, according to Kapuscinski?

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