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 the woman who had been hiding Malaba before she arrives at the pastor's house?

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

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

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

5. What has damaged the face of Florence, the Tutsi refugee Immaculee meets in the French camp?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Immaculee attempt to teach herself English while hiding in the bathroom?

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

An extremely important figure in Immaculee's life, her brother Damascene shows an exceptional moral character in his final moments. Examine this moral character in an analytical essay. What are Damascene's strengths? What are his weaknesses? What is significant about both the content and the appearance of his final letter to Immaculee? How does he confront his killers? What words does he speak in his final moments? What is demonstrated through these words? What does this indicate about Damascene's faith? Overall, what characterizes Damascene?

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