Paradise of the Blind Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. During her visit, which relative of Hang's friend tried to attack her?

2. How old was Hang's grandfather when he died?

3. What happens when Ton and Hang's mother are reunited?

4. What happens after Chinh accuses Que of hurting his image and reputation?

5. What does Hang see outside the train that reminds her of her family?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hang think is Uncle Chinh's motivation for visiting?

2. Describe Que's life in the year following her mother's death.

3. Describe Madame Vera's relationship with Hang.

4. What happens when a tavern is built in their neighborhood?

5. According to Chinh, why is Ton's family considered an enemy of the country?

6. What was a typical breakfast for Hang?

7. How does Hang feel about returning to the village with her mother?

8. What is the significance of the song Hang's roommate plays on the record player?

9. Describe the fate of Ton's sister and mother during this time.

10. How does Hang perceive the snow?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hang says Que and Aunt Tam were both stuck in the past. In what ways are they the same? Do their different ways of coping result in different outcomes? Is there a good way to be stuck in the past?

Essay Topic 2

Hang is the daughter of Que, a woman who spends much of her life devoting herself to her family, particularly her brother Chinh. How are Que and Hang different from one another? How are they the same? How do you suppose Hang's actions and philosophies are related to the manner and environment in which she grew up?

Essay Topic 3

Ton allegedly committed suicide when his new wife refused to let him return to Hanoi for Hang's birth. Tam says that it was because he could endure anything but shame. How has Ton been shamed in this situation? Is suicide shameful? How has his shame been passed on to Hang?

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