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 does the pastor show the Tutsi women to give them a respite from their long confinement in the bathroom?

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

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

4. To where does Aloise offer to take Immaculee and her companions from the French base camp?

5. From what country is the general of the UN Peacekeepers who remained behind after the Belgian soldiers pulled out?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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"?

4. How does Damascene face his death?

5. For what reason does Immaculee believe the French would not slaughter the Tutsi people as the Hutu think they would?

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

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

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

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

10. Why do the Hutu think that the French coming to Rwanda would be a boon to their genocidal efforts?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the story of Left to Tell, and sometimes amid the very worst of the horrors, Immaculee recounts instances of great generosity and charity. Discuss the significance of such benevolence in the midst of tragedy in a well-developed analytical essay. Why are some people still so generous? What does this indicate about such people? How does generosity breed more generosity? How is charity similar? How does charity affect those who are its recipients? How does it affect society as a whole? What roles do generosity and charity play in both the events during the holocaust and immediately following it?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

For Immaculee's survival, as well as the survival of the other seven Tutsi women she shares the bathroom with, no human person can be given more credit than Pastor Murinzi. Yet he is not a perfect person during the genocide. Examine the conflict which tears at the pastor and how he reacts to it, in a thoughtful and insightful analytical essay. What risks does the pastor take on behalf of the women? What risks does he not take? What is significant about the length of the risk he takes? What would have happened to the pastor had he been found out? What would have happened to the pastor had he turned the women away? What is shown about the moral character of the pastor through his actions during the genocide?

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