Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust Test | Final 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 has damaged the face of Florence, the Tutsi refugee Immaculee meets in the French camp?

2. What is the name of the housekeeper who gives Immaculee a detailed description of the death of her brother Damascene?

3. What Rwandan saves Immaculee and her friends at the roadblock?

4. While in Kigali, where does Immaculee go to pray and meditate?

5. Who else from Immaculee's family is buried when she and those with her bury Damascene?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Major Ntwali do for Immaculee and her friends in "On to Kigali"?

2. How do the children of the pastor react to learning of the women who had been hiding in the pastor's bathroom?

3. How do the RPF soldiers greet Immaculee when she first arrives at the roadblock?

4. Why does Aloise offer Immaculee and her friends a place to stay in Kigali?

5. What does Immaculee hope her words can do for survivors of holocausts and for those subject to violence everywhere?

6. What does Immaculee find those in her town lacking that she had maintained when she visits home to put her mother's and brother's bodies to rest?

7. What does the French captain offer to Immaculee, and why does she reject it?

8. What characterizes Immaculee and Aimable's relationship with one another after the events of the genocide?

9. How do Immaculee and the other Tutsi women make it past the Interahamwe in "The Pain of Freedom"?

10. What international efforts are described in "A Gathering of Orphans" about the Rwandan massacres?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

The group upon whose doorstop most of the blame for the actual killings during the genocide has been laid is the Interahamwe. Analyze the culpability of the group, as well as its essence, in a carefully written analytical essay. Who are the Interahamwe? What sort of people comprise the Interahamwe? What characterizes these people? In what sort of actions and pleasures do they indulge? What is their relationship to reasonable proceedings? What does this indicate about the essence of the Interahamwe? In what way does this mitigate their culpability? How is this yet far from absolving the members of the Interahamwe?

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