Dictee Test | Final 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. To whom is Sister Theresa betrothed in "Erato: Love Poetry"?

2. What time is it when the woman enters the theater in "Erato: Love Poetry"?

3. What announces the call in "Thalia: Comedy"?

4. What concept does 'Retour' begin with?

5. According to the narrator of 'Retour,' what happens as you read?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the rhythm of "Terpischore: Choral Dance."

2. What does the woman give to the young girl in "Polymnia: Sacred Poetry"?

3. Describe the woman's relationship with the person on the telephone in "Thalia: Comedy."

4. Discuss the narrator's treatment of memory in "Elitere: Lyric Poetry."

5. Why is the young girl at the well in "Polymnia: Sacred Poetry"?

6. Describe the wife's relationship with her husband in "Erato: Love Poetry."

7. Discuss the opening lines of "Terpischore: Choral Dance." What is the general impression you gain from these lines? ("You remain dismembered...apart from the congregation.")

8. Discuss the photograph of the woman which concludes "Erato: Love Poetry."

9. Describe the contents of the chart in "Polymnia: Sacred Poetry."

10. Describe the woman's experience of the cinema in "Erato: Love Poetry."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's play with genre in the novel. How does Cha manipulate various genres and forms in her work? Does Cha break genre conventions in a way that expands our notions of what a book can do? Or does she simply overstep the bounds of what a book should do? Provide evidence and support for your analysis.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Much of Cha's text deals with the experience of being a Korean-American woman in the period following the Korean War. How does she treat this experience? How does she comment on her place and/or reception within U.S. American culture? Is she nostalgic for Korea? Proud to be an American? Both? Support your answer with evidence from the text.

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