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 are the subtitles that appear on the screen in "Erato: Love Poetry"?

2. According to the list in "Polymnia: Sacred Poetry," what is the Tenth element?

3. What color do the names and the titles appear in in "Erato: Love Poetry"?

4. According to the letter, where is Mr. Reardon's last known location?

5. What did Mrs. Claxton's sister threaten to do before the friend wrote the letter?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss the ending of "Terpischore: Choral Dance." What sentiment do the closing lines leave you with?

3. 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.")

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

5. Compare "memory" with "second memory." How are these passages alike or different?

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

7. Describe the earth in "Terpischore: Choral Dance."

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

9. Describe the rhythm 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

Cha plays with notions of space and place a great deal in this novel. She incorporates concrete locations--Manchuria, Seoul, Hawaii--as well as undefined spaces--the theater-like space, the village, the church. How does this play with space influence the work? Do we see multiple conceptions of space working together? Are there different epistemic constructions working simultaneously in this work? If so, how do these systems work together to strengthen Cha's work? If not, what is Cha doing with space in the work?

Essay Topic 2

Select and analyze one of the dominant image strands in the work. How does the recurring image function within the context of the work? What associations does it form for the reader? How does it add meaning to the text? In selecting your image, think for instance of the light and dark imagery that runs throughout or the body imagery that appears in many sections of the work.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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