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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. How many relatives visited Bilquis on the first day after her baptism?
2. What difference did the 1970 election make for Bilquis?
3. What had Bilquis' surprise visitor noticed that pleased Bilquis?
4. What did neighborhood children do that bothered Bilquis?
5. What did General Amar do that Bilquis found extraordinary?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did Bilquis learn about repentance that she calls a "beautiful secret"?
2. What happened to Bilquis' family members who had been coming to visit her?
3. What personal significance did Bilquis place upon the conference in Singapore?
4. Why did the idea of leaving Pakistan seem enormous to Bilquis?
5. What did Bilquis discover about her personality through her experience with the children and the plum tree?
6. How did the family react when Bilquis showed up at Karim's funeral?
7. What did Peggy Schlorholtz want Bilquis to do with her?
8. Why did Bilquis decide to leave a day earlier than she had intended to?
9. What radical idea did Bilquis decide would revive the Sunday fellowship meetings?
10. What pressure did the community put upon Bilquis?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
As Bilquis' story progresses, both she and the reader sense an impending doom that does not come to pass. She never learns what might have happened to her and Mahmud had she not hurried out of the country. In your essay, discuss this information gap. Is it disappointing to you? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Bilquis tells of experiences, such as floating out the window and being shaken from her bed, that are outside normal human experience. In your essay, select one or two of these experiences and give your opinion of these supernatural events. How does she account for them?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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