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. What color bloom does the person addressed in "Terpischore: Choral Dance" expect from the seemingly dead branches of the magnolia tree?

2. How does the speaker describe the person she addresses in "Terpischore: Choral Dance"?

3. Why are the tongue and words dead in "Elitere: Lyric Poetry"?

4. What does the speaker compare memory to in 'Retour'?

5. What color is the window frame in the final scene of "Polymnia: Sacred Poetry"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the parallel between the ritual of becoming a nun and that of becoming a wife.

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

3. What is the significance of the series of concentric circles in "Polymnia: Sacred Poetry"?

4. Identify one central symbol of "Terpischore: Choral Dance" and discuss its relevance.

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

6. Discuss the use of light and dark in the opening of "Elitere: Lyric Poetry."

7. Discuss the imagery of death in "Elitere: Lyric Poetry."

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

9. Describe the image at the opening of "Terpischore: Choral Dance."

10. Discuss at least two possible meanings of the partition imagery which appears in "Elitere: Lyric Poetry."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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.

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