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 effect do Mrs. Claxton's letters have on her sister?

2. In 'second memory,' what color marks the virginity of the bride?

3. What veils the earth in "Terpischore: Choral Dance"?

4. Which color appears first in the succession of colors described in "Terpischore: Choral Dance"?

5. According to the narrator of "Terpischore: Choral Dance," what once swelled the muscle and the bone?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Discuss the significance of cinema scene in the opening of "Erato: Love Poetry."

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

6. Discuss the passage titled "Memory." Why does it receive a capitalized title?

7. Examine the imagery of the veil in "Elitere: Lyric Poetry."

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

9. Describe the woman's feelings regarding the telephone in "Thalia: Comedy."

10. 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.")

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

Throughout the work, Cha incorporates visual elements, such as photographs, copies of letters, reproductions of charts, and Korean characters to enhance her project. Discuss the significance of these visual components. How do they influence the experience of reading the book? How do they contribute to Cha's overall message? How would the book be different if she had not included them?

Essay Topic 3

In addition to the motif of suffering, the work exhibits a recurrent theme of transcendence as well. Cha's mother overcomes her exile status and poor health in Manchuria, saintly and Christ-like figures transcend worldly suffering, and the narrator transcends the painful distances between herself and the other women who compose her identity. How does Cha treat transcendence in this work? Is it a happily-ever-after, feel-good ending to a painful experience? Or perhaps it is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit? Is there a religious or spiritual component to her message? Using support from the text, discuss Cha's message regarding transcendence of suffering.

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