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 is the name of Aloise's husband?

2. In what building do Immaculee and the other Tutsi refugees stay in the RPF camp?

3. How many Interahamwe confront the 30 Tutsi refugees after they are deposited by the French truck?

4. For how long have the women been in Pastor Murinzi's bathroom when they decide to go to the UN Peacekeeping troops?

5. At what time do the French soldiers tell Pastor Murinzi to bring the Tutsi women to them?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what does the pastor ask the women to pray with him and why?

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

3. How does Immaculee manage to get from the streets of Kigali into her dorm room in Butare?

4. What is the state of the city of Kigali when Immaculee and her friends arrive there after the war?

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

6. Into what situation are the Tutsi survivors placed by the French on the road to the RPF troops?

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

8. Where is the French base camp set up, and who does Immaculee find there?

9. Why does Immaculee say that John squandered the opportunity for love between them?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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