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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. Beyond being well-mannered and virtuous, what do Immaculee's parents expect of her?

2. At what age does Immaculee graduate from her mother's schoolhouse?

3. What plan does Immaculee's friend devise to avoid torture and rape by the Hutu?

4. After Immaculee hears the voice of God, how does she perceive the killers?

5. Which of the following is NOT among the things Pastor Murinzi is told were hidden in Immaculee's father's house?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Immaculee Ilibagiza initially denied a scholarship to high school?

3. How does Immaculee, while traveling to a wedding with Damascene, pass by the Interahamwe roadblock?

4. What characterizes the women's stay in the bathroom, as related in "Confronting My Anger"?

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

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

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

8. What exchange do Leonard and Immaculee make, and why is it significant?

9. Under what condition does Immaculee's father allow her to date John, and why?

10. What is Augustine's relationship to Immaculee's family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As she, along with several other women, spend months in hiding in the bathroom, Immaculee lives in a sort of constant fear. Examine this fear in a well-organized essay that, using sources from the text, describes the nature of such a constant fear. What effects does it have on the person? How does it alter one's thinking, one's actions, and one's mentality? How does Immaculee in particular react to the constant fear? What are the sources of the fear? What factors contribute to this constant state of fear? When is the fear at its worst? How does such fear change over time?

Essay Topic 2

After having escaped the hellish bathroom in which she is imprisoned for three months, Immaculee learns to become grateful for even the simplest and most mundane of pleasures. Examine this relativity of the quality of life in a thoughtful and considerate essay. What is meant by the phrase "quality of life"? How does one judge or determine the quality of life? In what things, actions, or possibilities does one's quality of life consist? How does this judgment shift according to circumstances and situations? How does it shift for Immaculee? What does this demonstrate about human nature and human living?

Essay Topic 3

Immaculee Ilibagiza most certainly would not have gotten through the genocide in the manner that she does, nor have become the person she is today, if not for the strength and quality of her family. Analyze the concept of family, through the exemplars presented in Left to Tell, in a well-developed essay. What is a family? What is the function of a family in society? What is the function of a family for an individual? What should an individual gain from growing up within in a family? What does Immaculee gain from growing up in her family? What does each member of her family contribute to her character? How does her family make her a better person?

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