I Dared to Call Him Father Test | Final Test - Hard

Bilquis Sheikh
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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 did Bilquis realize about the changes in her personality?

2. How did Bilquis respond to the children's trespassing?

3. What did Bilquis see for the first time as a result of the Sunday night meetings at her house?

4. What did Bilquis' brother-in-law Jamil tell her she has gained for all her losses?

5. According to Bilquis' epitaph, how did she die?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Bilquis say she felt "complete" even though she was leaving her home for an indefinite period and didn't know where she was going?

2. What did Bilquis learn when the village woman did not return to thank her for her help?

3. What did Bilquis expect her relatives to do when they learned of her baptism?

4. What did Peggy Schlorholtz want Bilquis to do with her?

5. What came as a threat to Bilquis' precious afternoon rest?

6. Why did the idea of leaving Pakistan seem enormous to Bilquis?

7. What was Christ Seeks Asia?

8. What personal significance did Bilquis place upon the conference in Singapore?

9. What pressure did the community put upon Bilquis?

10. How did Bilquis overcome the fear that confronted her as she arrived at the Olds' home?

Essay Topics

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

Bilquis faces both internal and external conflicts in this story. In your essay, compare and contrast the two types of conflict. Which do you feel is more difficult for her to contend with? Which lasts longer?

Essay Topic 3

In your essay, discuss the differences you see between Bilquis' life as a Pakistani and the life she might have experienced as a Western woman. Use the following questions as the beginning of your thinking: Why does she not drive? Why does she have to ask her servants whether her grandson has eaten? Why does she have to learn from her servants where her family is and what their intentions are toward her? Are these situations governed by cultural mores that are peculiar to her time and place?

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