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. Upon what word does Immaculee meditate for days?

2. In what country is Paul Kagame at the beginning of "No Going Back"?

3. What is the name of Immaculee's University roommate?

4. What stipulation does Immaculee's father place on the Protestant student dating Immaculee?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does the radio stations tell the Tutsi people to stay inside their homes during the early stages of the genocide?

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

6. What sort of greetings do Immaculee and Augustine receive when they arrive at Pastor Murinzi's?

7. What realization does Immaculee have which finally enables her to forgive the killers?

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

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

10. What does Immaculee's father do to ensure she receives a high school education, and why is it significant?

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

An important part of Immaculee's life is the education she received. Examine how education is important to the development of the human person, using examples from Immaculee's life. What does education change within a person? How can education make a person better? In what ways is Immaculee helped throughout her experiences with the genocide by the education she has received? What is the end goal of education? How is this goal achieved? In what way does Immaculee achieve this goal?

Essay Topic 3

Humble, pious, loving--what other words could be used to describe Immaculee Ilibagiza? Drawing upon instances from the text, as well as the message she promotes within it, analyze the moral character and personality of Immaculee. What are her strengths as a person? What particular actions show her strengths? How does she develop these strengths during her experiences in the Rwandan holocaust? In what ways is she weak, and how is that shown in the text? What are her principal character traits? What struggles has she faced in her life? How has she overcome these struggles? How does the message she promotes in Left to Tell corroborate her life experiences? What is demonstrated about her character through the relationships she built with other people?

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