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. Under whose authority was the conference organized?

2. What did Bilquis pray for Aunt Amina?

3. What did Bilquis realize about the changes in her personality?

4. What did General Amar do that Bilquis found extraordinary?

5. What kind of help did General Amar offer?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the family react when Bilquis showed up at Karim's funeral?

2. Why did Ken Old tell Bilquis that she had reason to rejoice even while she is sad at their departure?

3. 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?

4. What happened to Bilquis' family members who had been coming to visit her?

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

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

7. Why had four of Bilquis' Christian servants fled from her house?

8. What happened to Bilquis when she decided that she would not be driven out of her home?

9. When Bilquis attended a second family funeral, what did the bereaved wife unexpectedly do?

10. What radical idea did Bilquis decide would revive the Sunday fellowship meetings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bilquis speaks of feeling satisfied and complete when she is living "in the glory," and dark and sad when she is not. Yet many of her experiences "in the glory" are sad rather than joyful. In your essay, explore what the feeling she is attempting to describe might be like. Cite examples from the story to support your idea.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Using the Internet, write an essay comparing the Pakistan described by Bilquis with the Pakistan of today. Is the country still 96% Muslim? Are there conflicts with other religions within the country? Are the Bhutto family members still in power? Is "biraderi" still the basis of family and tribal governance? What other differences and similarities do you see?

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