This ten-question pre-test, which places Zeitoun in a historical and geographical context, can be given to students before you introduce the book. You can quickly scan students’ answers to determine how much or how little information you need to provide (or students need to research) to introduce the book.
You could also use these ten questions as a group activity or contest.
After students finish reading the book, you can give these ten questions again, as a post-test. Before reading the book, students may not have known many of the answers. However, after students finish the book, they should know most, if not all, of the answers.