Dictee Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
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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. Who does the narrator fetch to persuade her brother not to participate in the demonstration?

2. Which of the following images does the narrator use to describe the war in Korea?

3. What is the origin of the black ash described in the Opening?

4. How many daughters did Guan Soon's family have?

5. In "Urania: Astronomy," where does the nurse begin her procedure?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the letter to Mother in "Melpomene: Tragedy."

2. In "Calliope: Epic Poetry," how does the narrator attempt to communicate with her mother?

3. Describe the circumstances of the narrator's brother's death.

4. What is the significance of the italicized passages in the "Opening"?

5. According to the narrator of "Clio: History," why has everything been lost to the Japanese?

6. Describe the way Cha treats soldiers in "Melpomene: Tragedy."

7. Where does Mother teach?

8. Discuss the laws the Japanese imposed on the Koreans.

9. Discuss the significance of the title which first appears in the "Opening." What does "dictee" mean? How does it fit the work?

10. What is happening in the opening passage of "Melpomene: Tragedy"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze Cha's use of Greek mythology throughout the work. Why does she incorporate the nine Muses as a structuring element of the work? How does this contribute to the overall message of the work? Why does she select nine female figures? How does her use of the Muses align the work with other classics of Western tradition? Why is this significant?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Cha's stylistic choices throughout the work, focusing particularly on the author's use of language. How does she integrate simile, metaphor, and other literary devices into her prose and poetry? How do these techniques relate to the message of the work as a whole? Support your argument with evidence from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the narrative voice in the book. Who is speaking throughout each section? How do these voices work to form a singular text? Do they present a coherent message or do they contradict one another? How does Cha's manipulation of narrative voice contribute to a work, which unites several women across various generations and cultures?

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