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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 career did Mahmud pursue?
2. What did neighborhood children do that bothered Bilquis?
3. How did Dr. Christy Wilson help Bilquis?
4. What did Bilquis' brother-in-law Jamil tell her she has gained for all her losses?
5. What kind of help did General Amar offer?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did Mahmud know about his grandmother Bilquis' Christianity?
2. Why had four of Bilquis' Christian servants fled from her house?
3. Why did Ken Old tell Bilquis that she had reason to rejoice even while she is sad at their departure?
4. What happened to Bilquis when she decided that she would not be driven out of her home?
5. What came as a threat to Bilquis' precious afternoon rest?
6. What lesson about staying in God's presence did Bilquis learn from the family funerals?
7. Why did Bilquis decide to leave a day earlier than she had intended to?
8. What personal significance did Bilquis place upon the conference in Singapore?
9. What situation did Bilquis allow to make the decision about whether to travel to Singapore?
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
Rather than beginning the story with an explanation of Bilquis' family and social standing, details about her life are revealed gradually. In your essay, quote phrases from the text that make clear the economic and social position of her family. Summarize what you know or can infer about them and their way of life.
Essay Topic 3
Often those who experience a religious conversion are seekers - people who have been unsatisfied with their way of life and are actively attempting to change. Was Bilquis such a person as the story begins? If not, what made her want to change? In your essay, explore the motives that compel Bilquis along the path to conversion.
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