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Introduction

 

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Read and answer the questions for The Wise Sayings of Saadi

Read and finish: The Doomed Prince

Prince Ali Context Clues

 

 

 

Timeline of important events:

2000 BC - Judaism emerges

1750 BC - Hammurabi's Code

700 BC - Zoroastorism spreads throught the region

500 BC - 657 AD - Persian Empire (during this time, both Alexander the Great and the Roman Empire take over)

490 BC - Battle of Marathon - Persian Empire looses to the Greeks

480 BC - The 300 Spartans make their stand against the return of the Persian Empire

50 AD - Christianity emerges

622 AD - Islam emerges

1000 - 1200 AD - the crusades

1299-1914 - Ottoman Empire

1948 - Israel gains independence

1967 - Six Day War - Israel defeats and attack by Egypt, Jordan, and Syria and claims the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and Golan Heights

1971 - The Shah of Iran throws his extravagant party

1979 - The Iranian Revolution

 

 

The Frame Story:

This book is a frame story. What is a frame story? It is a story that exists only so that you can tell several short stories that don't go together. The frame story for Arabian Nights is this:

The Sultan does not trust women. His wife cheated on him and he goes to his brother (also a king) for advice. While there, he and his brother discover that his brother's wife is cheating on him. So both men go on a trip to try and understand what is happening. While out, they discover a horrible and scary djinn (genie). The djinn is asleep, so they are going to try and sneak away, but discover a woman near the monster. Assuming she is held captive, they sneak in and try to help her be free, but she does not want to leave. She is the djinn's wife. However, she forces them to sleep with her or else she will wake her husband and claim they attacked her.

When the men leave, they are determined that nowhere lives a woman who would not cheat. Even the genie couldn't make his wife be faithful. The brother decides to just be done with women altogether and be forever single.

The sultan, though,hates them. However, he must get married by law, so he marries a woman every so often and then kills her the next morning.

Scheherazade decides she can stop this madness and places herself into a position to get married. That night, she begins to tell the Sultan a story. At the most exciting part, she says she is sleepy. The Sultan wants to hear the rest of the story, so he lets her live. She does this every night for 1001 nights. Finally she runs out of stories. The Sultan has long decide he loves her and decides she will not die. They live happily ever after.

 

 

The Tales:

All the stories used where adapted from Candlelight Tales and used with permission. I encourage you to go there and read more tales from Arabian Nights if you are interested.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction Presentation

Look for the following themes as you read this book:

  • struggle with personal faith
  • war
  • love of country vs. jingoism
  • modernity vs traditionalism
  • individual identity
  • freedom vs oppression
  • relationship between parents and children

 

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Chapter 1

Possible quiz questions

1. When does the novel begin?
2. How is education affected by the new regime?
3. What does the veil symbolize?
4. Are women united in their response to the veil?
5. When Marji is six, what did she want to be when she grew up?
6. What did she tell her parents she wanted to be?
7. What are the three reasons Marji wants to be a prophet?
8. How do others respond to Marji's religious calling?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 2

 

Satrapi mentions that her favorite comic book was Dialectic Materialism. This book is available in English as Marx for Beginners. The ironic thing is that this book is not available for free here. You must buy it. Marx would be proud...

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Click on the pictures to see them larger. It's no Spider-Man, so don't get your hopes up to high...

 

Possible quiz questions:

1. What political background do Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and Trosky have in common?
2. What literary term is this: "The revolution is like a bicycle. When the wheels don't turn, it falls."
3. What does it mean that God looks like Karl Marx and that she doesn't want to talk about being a prophet anymore?
4. What happened at Rex Cinema?
5. What does it mean that the firemen don't arive for forty minutes?
6. What does it mean that God leaves when she dresses as Che Guevara?

 

Chapter 3

Possible quiz questions:

1. Why does Marji's parents say, "Monopoly! I can't believe it! Ha! Ha!" when she asks to play the game?
2. What answer does Marji give when asked how the king is chosen?
3 . Where does she learn that answer?
4. Who is the Satrapi famous family member?
5. What new government role did this relative accept?
6. What literary term is it when Marji's mother has a memory of the past?
7. What is this memory of (it makes her cry)?
8. Why do you think God returns?

Chapter 4

 

 

Chapter 5

 

The above is an example of unreliable narrator. It's not that Marji is lying, but her memories of Mehri do not match the reality of Mehri.

Satrapi mentions her favorite author as being Darvishian. She calls him a local Charles Dickens. You probably recognize the name of Charles Dickens. He wrote A Christmas Carol (Scrooge). He was known for writing about the plight of the poor and lower class. This is why Darvishian is compared to him. Look at the types of stories that he wrote that she mentions in this chapter..

Darvishian

 

Chapter 6

 

There will be a Quizizz covering the first six chapters. Check email for login code.

 

Chapter 7

Possible Quiz Questions

  1. How does Satrapi upset her friend?
  2. How many political prisoners were released after the Shah stepped down from power?
  3. What are some of the ways people were tortured in prison?
  4. Where have Siamek and Mohsen been for the last several years?
  5. According to Marji, what makes a hero?
  6. What does the statement, "Bad people are dangerous, but forgiving them is too" mean? Do you agree with it?
  7. Now that the revolution is over, what does Marji decide?
  8. What does the last panel say about communism?

 

Chapter 8

Possible Quiz Questions:

    1. Why does Marji lie to her father?
    2. Who is Anoosh?
    3. Who is Fereydoon?
    4. How does Anoosh's father react to his return?
    5. What did Anoosh make for Marji while in prison?

Chapter 9

Possible Quiz Questions:

    1. Who are the sheep referred to in the title?
    2. Why don't Marji's parents leave Iran?
    3. What happened to Moshen?
    4. Where does Anoosh go?
    5. Anoosh gets one visitor. Who does he ask to see?
    6. What gift does Anoosh give Marji?
    7. What happens to Anoosh?
    8. What does Marji tell God to do?
    9. What happens at the end of the chapter?

After this chapter, we will annotate some panels.

Chapter 10

 

 

Chapter 11

The fact that Marhi tells us that these were Pardisse's exact words lets us know the impact it made on Marji.

As we see Marji grow, we see her viewpoint change over time about what is right and what is wrong and what is glorious and what is not. She goes from extreme patriotism (jingoism) to a harsh reality of what life can be. This makes her a dynamic character because her viewpoints change as things happen in her life.

 

Chapter 12

At little real life situational irony here!

 

Chapter 13

 

Chapter 14

 

 

Chapter 15

Important slogan (Marji will come back to this later in the book)

To die a martyr is to inject blood in the veins of society.

 

Chapter 16

 

 

Chapter 17

 

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Chapter 18

 

 

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