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. Who is the only member of Immaculee's family that does not greet her upon her arrival home?

2. What name do the two soldiers call the Tutsi people?

3. What is the name of Immaculee's teacher at the time when she first experiences ethnic segregation?

4. Which member of her family does Immaculee pull aside to question privately?

5. How many siblings does Immaculee have?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the six women manage to fit into the tiny bathroom?

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

4. Why is Immaculee's father arrested and how is he treated?

5. How is Immaculee embarrassed on her first day at junior high school?

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

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

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

9. What is the only promising news that Immaculee and her family hear during the first days of the genocide?

10. What is the message Immaculee receives from Psalm 91 when she first receives the Bible?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Left to Tell, as the story of one woman's survival of violent atrocities, can be seen as a conflict between two opposite forces: hate, embodied in the mindless, ravening Hutu Interahamwe killers, who dehumanize themselves through their own actions; and love, embodied in the gentleness and forgiveness of Immaculee Ilibagiza, who reaches a fuller human potential through her actions. Analyze this contrast in a comprehensive essay which takes into account the whole of the story. What is hate? What is love? How are they contraries? In what sorts of actions does each consist? How do actions of the former sort reduce one's humanity? How do actions of the latter type increase it? In what way does Immaculee embody love? In what way do the killers embody hate?

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

While in the bathroom, surrounded by war, violence, and the death of loved ones, as well as a total evaporation of personal freedom, Immaculee finds a means to transcend the horror. Examine the concept of transcendence and the particular way in which Immaculee finds it, in a well-planned analytical essay. What is the nature of violence, war, and all such horrible things? In what sorts of experiences does one encounter these horrible things? Contrariwise, what does it mean to transcend? How does one transcend the horrible? In what sort of experiences does one encounter the transcendent? How does Immaculee find the transcendent? From what does it free her?

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