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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 experience did Bilquis' mourners have on the day of her funeral?
2. What surprising thing does Bilquis feel impressed to do after Karim dies?
3. Why was the conference different than the plane ride?
4. How did Bilquis lose the presence of the holy spirit while at a funeral?
5. What was the separation Bilquis faced two years after the conference?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happened to Bilquis' family members who had been coming to visit her?
2. What happened to Bilquis when she decided that she would not be driven out of her home?
3. How did the family react when Bilquis showed up at Karim's funeral?
4. Who did Bilquis decide to invite to her Christmas party?
5. What did Mahmud know about his grandmother Bilquis' Christianity?
6. What did Bilquis discover about her personality through her experience with the children and the plum tree?
7. What did Bilquis learn about repentance that she calls a "beautiful secret"?
8. What pressure did the community put upon Bilquis?
9. Why did Bilquis decide to leave a day earlier than she had intended to?
10. What personal significance did Bilquis place upon the conference in Singapore?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Bilquis often reports situations in which she loses track of time, suddenly realizing that several hours have passed. In your essay, quote several of those instances, and evaluate that experience. What do you think causes the lapse? What does it tell you about the effort she is making?
Essay Topic 2
Many items that are repeated in this story could be interpreted as symbols. Select a story element that you believe is symbolic of a larger idea. Using quotations from the story, tell what you think the item symbolizes.
Essay Topic 3
Bilquis speaks frequently of the process that is transforming her into a different sort of person than she has been. In your essay, cite the experiences that change her and how she comes to realize that she is changing. Describe what she did before and what she learned to do as she came to understand Christianity.
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