Shame Test | Final 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. While in the body of a 19-year-old, what age is Sufiya Zinobia mentally?

2. What is the name of the general who leads the military coup?

3. How many shawls does Rani embroider during her house arrest?

4. Who does the ghost of Iskander Harappa quote to Raza Hyder?

5. Which of the following is NOT used as an analogy for sex by the Hyder women preparing Naveed for her wedding?

Short Essay Questions

1. What becomes of Bilquis in her latter years?

2. What is revealed by Rani Harappa's uncovering of the deceased Iskander's face?

3. How does Iskander Harappa finally die?

4. What ethereal conflict besets the mind of Raza Hyder during his presidency?

5. How do Omar and Raza escape the residence of the C-in-C and the house arrest?

6. How does Arjumand Harappa choose to remember her father?

7. Describe the final disgrace of Naveed Hyder's marriage to Captain Talvar Ulhaq.

8. Why does the narrator include the anecdote about seeing a London performance of Danton's Death?

9. Why does Captain Talvar Ulhaq take great risk to steal Naveed Hyder from her arranged marriage to Haroun Harappa?

10. How does Iskander Harappa bring his fate down upon his head after being arrested and imprisoned in Bagheeragali?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Near the end of the book, Omar's mothers tell him a story about his great-grandfather Hafeezullah and great-grand-uncle Rumi. This story reflexively illuminates another major theme in the story of Shame, the dishonoring of family. In a carefully structured essay, analyze how this story illuminates past events in the book as being dishonorable to one's family. Why do the long-dead brothers treat one another poorly? How is this comparable to the lives of the principal characters in Shame? What does this indicate about Pakistani society as a whole? What is the significance of this sort of behavior to the whole of the story?

Essay Topic 2

Periodically throughout the story, the fictional Pakistan undergoes periods of military coups and subsequent military rule. In an analytical essay, discuss the possible reasons and significance for this occasional turn to the military. What is sought by a military coup, implicitly or explicitly? What sort of men typically achieve high positions in the military? Why are such mean appealing in a time of instability? How do such men eventually also fall from governmental favor?

Essay Topic 3

Compose an analytical essay that fully develops the role of women in the Pakistani society as it is portrayed in Salman Rushdie's Shame. How are they viewed as a whole? What particular roles do individual women fulfill within society? What are some examples of this from the story? In what ways are they abused or neglected? In what ways do the women of the novel nonetheless shape the course of events? What is the ultimate result of women consistently being pushed to the periphery of events by their domineering male counterparts?

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