Shame Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What is the real name of Marshal Aurangzeb's wife?

2. What is the name of Bilquis' father's theater?

3. For how many days, roughly, does Raza Hyder go without sleep in order to watch over the refugees?

4. What is the name of Iskander's cousin who loots the Harappa family estate?

5. What is Iskander and Rani Harappa's first daughter's nickname?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bilquis come to be accepted as a member of the Hyder family?

2. What characterizes Bilquis' reaction to the Loo?

3. How does Sindbad Mengal meet his fate?

4. Why are the children of the British colonials sent back to England after the age of eight to continue their educations?

5. Of what two cultural parts is the town of Q's dumbbell shape composed?

6. How is Bilquis' father's business ruined?

7. How do Raza Hyder and Maulana Dawood come to trust one another immediately?

8. What is guaranteed to the Shakil sisters by the installation of their dumb-waiter?

9. What characterizes Farah Zoroaster's life in Q after returning from her forced marriage to Eduardo Rodrigues?

10. What is the political atmosphere in Delhi prior to the destruction of Bilquis' father's business?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Various actions and statements made by the characters throughout the story support the notion that in Pakistan, as portrayed in Shame, males are in every way superior to females. Analyze, in a well-developed essay, this societal perspective. Who holds this view? Who objects to it? In what ways does this view, as espoused implicitly or explicitly by various characters, impact the story? What is the significance of this view to the main themes and the morals promoted within them as presented throughout the story of Shame?

Essay Topic 2

Being careful to make the necessary distinctions, write an analytical essay which discusses the significance of the actions of the Beast, as something that resides within but is not Sufiya Zinobia. Which of its actions most significantly impact the story? Why is it an entity that is not Sufiya Zinobia, properly speaking (consider the allegorical significance of Sufiya Zinobia)? Why would it reside within Sufiya Zinobia? What function does the Beast play in the plot of the story? To what actions is the Beast a reaction? Who are its victims, and why?

Essay Topic 3

Shame ends with an enormous, violent explosion. This explosion is very symbolic of the story as a whole. Without getting caught up too much in the details, explain how this symbolic explosion is a fitting end to the turmoil and conflict of the story. What various disturbances and struggles throughout the book are terminated by this explosion, both literally and as a symbol? How do the various characters and their actions contribute to the explosion's magnitude? How is the chain of events which leads up to the explosion started, and which characters are responsible for it?

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