Shah of Shahs Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ryszard Kapuściński
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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. Why are the city streets of Tehran unsafe at night post-revolution?

2. What kind of accountability is in place in regard to the Savak?

3. During World War II, Reza Khan forbid Allies' use of what, which resulted in his forcible removal as Shah?

4. What country is Kapuscinski in at the beginning of the book?

5. Which does NOT apply to the Iranian stereotype of masculinity?

Short Essay Questions

1. What event causes Khomeini to call for the Shah to step down as leader? What do Khomeini and others like him think of Shah Pahlavi?

2. What is the nature of the political cartoon depicted in Photograph 12? What is its message?

3. What effect does the immigration of foreigners during the Great Civilization have on the common Iranian people?

4. How is language related to the Iranian revolution and the message that Khomeini preaches?

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

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

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

8. What is the story, as told through Kapuscinski examining a photograph, of the grandfather of the last Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi?

9. What is the beginning image of Shah of Shahs? What is happening? Where is the author and what is he doing?

10. What part does the mosque play in events leading up to the Iranian revolution?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Great Civilization was a central event in Iranian history.

1) Explain what the Great Civilization was. When did it occur? Who initiated it? What was its purpose?

2) How did Iran change as a result of the Great Civilization? Describe how military, industries, common people, etc., changed.

3) Why is the date of December 23, 1973, important in the history of the Great Civilization?

Essay Topic 2

In "Daguerreotypes," Kapuscinski uses photographs to help tell the story of the buildup to the revolution. What might this method be valuable, and why might Kapuscinski have chosen to do this? What can photographs convey that other modes of expression cannot? List two examples of photographs from the book, and how Kapuscinski uses them to reveal aspects of the people and events of the revolution.

Essay Topic 3

Kapuscinski devotes many pages of the book to the root causes of revolution and the nature of revolution.

1) What are the traditional causes of revolution, and why does Kapuscinski reject these as causes for the Iranian Revolution? What does Kapuscinski believe is the true cause of revolution?

2) Why does Kapuscinski refer to revolution as a "drama"?

3) Describe the two types of revolutions Kapuscinski defines.

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