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. To which Biblical figure does Aloise compare the Tutsi refugees surrounded by the Interahamwe killers upon her arrival at the roadblock?

2. How many more women join the bathroom in "A Gathering of Orphans"?

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

4. What is the name of the mixed good and evil Hutu with whom the two male Tutsi survivors in the French field encampment hide during the genocide?

5. What is the name of Immaculee's husband?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Immaculee's reaction to seeing the deformed skull of her slain brother Damascene?

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

5. How does Damascene face his death?

6. How does Immaculee finally manage to get a job working for the United Nations?

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

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

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

10. What prevents Damascene from staying with good friends who would have hidden him and helped him to escape the country, leading to his death, as is recounted in "A Letter from Damascene"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Compose an analytical essay which carefully considers the message of forgiveness and its importance that Immaculee Ilibagiza promotes in her book Left to Tell. Why does she see forgiveness as so necessary? What is important about forgiveness? What does forgiveness give to men? What is the opposite of forgiveness, and how does it undermine man's good? How can men forgive one another? For what sorts of things do men need to forgive one another? What are some examples of forgiveness in the book? Where is forgiveness lacking, and how does it affect Rwanda?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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