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. Where is the university to which Immaculee is awarded a scholarship in "Off to University"?

2. In what grade does Immaculee first experience ethnic segregation?

3. Which of the following is NOT one of the categories into which students are placed the first time that Immaculee experiences ethnic segregation?

4. How far do Immaculee and her brothers walk to elementary school?

5. With what other tribe does the dominant Rwandan tribe intermarry over the course of many generations?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Against what does Immaculee recount arguing in "Struggling to Forgive"?

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

7. Of what does Pastor Murinzi accuse Immaculee's father and priest, Father Clement, in "No Friends to Turn To"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

One of the central elements to Immaculee's tale of survival amidst horror is the deep connection she formed with her faith. Analyze in a thoughtful, critical essay, the centrality of faith to Immaculee's story. What does it mean to have faith? What can faith mean to different people? What role does it play in her life? When does it become the most important to her? In what ways does it help her? How does she come to rely upon it? What does it change within her? Why is it significant that the faith of Immaculee is that of Catholic Christianity?

Essay Topic 3

What are the effects of mindless violence? Ultimately, it can be seen in Left to Tell that strength, devoid of reason, dehumanizes a person. Analyze the manner in which human beings are dehumanized during the Rwandan genocide. What happens to the killers in the midst of their bloodlusts? How does Immaculee describe them when they are on their rampages? How do they behave in general? How do they behave in the presence of a Tutsi? In what ways do they forfeit their humanity? Ironically, how do they treat the Tutsi? What names do they call the Tutsi, and what is significant about this?

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