Shah of Shahs Test | Final 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. In the extended metaphor of the play, who is the director?

2. Why are revolutions rare, according to Kapuscinski?

3. What is the "key sanctuary" for Iranians during the Shah's regime?

4. A newspaper article provides what reason for its assertion that Khomeini is a madman?

5. The Savak conduct a raid on which location, resulting in the arrest of many students?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the pre-revolution events involving a) a wild horse, b) a university, and c) a riot in Qom.

2. What extended metaphor does Kapuscinski offer for the relationship between the Shah, the Great Civilization, and the people of Iran?

3. Explain Azari's association with the Iranian Writers' Association.

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

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

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

7. Why does Kapuscinski call revolution a drama?

8. Describe the meeting Azari has with a publisher friend.

9. What immediate actions does Shah Pahlavi take in response to increasing unrest just prior to full-scale revolution?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shah Reza Khan was a central figure in Iranian history.

1) Explain Reza's biographical background, up until he was forced from the throne.

2) What kind of man was Reza? How did he govern? What personality did he have? How did he treat his subjects?

3) Why was Reza forced to abdicate his throne? Explain the circumstances.

Essay Topic 2

At one point in "Daguerreotypes," a publisher is demonstrated showing pride in the publication of a poem. Why was the publisher so prideful? Discuss the particulars of the poem and the environment of censorship in Iran at that time.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the concept of "literary reportage" and why Kapuscinski's work might be said to be written in that style. What about the style, structure, content, etc., of Shah of Shahs lends itself to literary reportage? To what extent does Kapuscinski involve himself in his own work?

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