Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Immaculée Ilibagiza
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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 does Immaculee's family do to aid their income?

2. How many girls in Immaculee's family had attended university before her?

3. For whom does Immaculee attempt and fail to pray immediately after thanking God for that which saved them from the killers' second search?

4. Where is the member of Immaculee's family who is absent when she arrives home for the holiday?

5. Approximately how many people ultimately camped outside of Immaculee's house during the massacre at Mataba?

Short Essay Questions

1. What struggle does Immaculee encounter when the pastor tells her that Augustine and Vianney could not stay at his house?

2. What sort of content on the radio does Immaculee hear daily while she is at the University in Butare?

3. Who makes up the populace of the Rwandese Patriotic Front, or RPF?

4. What dominates the feelings of the University students regarding the Interahamwe and their activities in Butare?

5. How does Leonard react to finding 2,000 refugees from the slaughter of the Interahamwe outside his home?

6. What is the opinion of Sembeba, the pastor's son, concerning the Tutsi?

7. How does Immaculee spend most of her time in the bathroom?

8. How does Immaculee finally make the transition from the private high school to the public high school?

9. How do Immaculee's parents set a good communal example for her and her brothers?

10. How does the Hutu government initially justify the killing of Tutsi people?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consumed with fear and overwhelmed with propaganda, many of the people in Immaculee's life, who are otherwise good people, are at times given over to irrational states of mind. Using numerous examples from the text, explicate how irrationality takes hold of a person's mind and what the effects are. Whom does Immaculee encounter in states of irrationality? How do these people become irrational? What sources contribute to their irrationality? What sorts of things do they believe, and how does this show them as lacking in rationality? What are the consequences of their irrational thinking and behavior?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the story of Left to Tell, and sometimes amid the very worst of the horrors, Immaculee recounts instances of great generosity and charity. Discuss the significance of such benevolence in the midst of tragedy in a well-developed analytical essay. Why are some people still so generous? What does this indicate about such people? How does generosity breed more generosity? How is charity similar? How does charity affect those who are its recipients? How does it affect society as a whole? What roles do generosity and charity play in both the events during the holocaust and immediately following it?

Essay Topic 3

After all of the killing, destruction, and ruin that is wrought upon Rwanda by the genocidal killings of the Tutsi, Immaculee feels a strong need to return home and put the bodies of her loved ones to rest; she needs closure. Examine this natural human need to find closure in the deaths of loved ones. Why is closure important to human people? In what way does it help them? What does this indicate about human nature? What is the importance of death in human lives? How do human beings find closure? How does Immaculee find closure? In what way does it help her?

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