Paradise of the Blind Test | Final Test - Hard

Dương Thu Hương
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Hang find among her aunt's possessions that made her aware of her aunt's unrealized dreams?

2. What does the visitor want?

3. Hang stays the duration of the traditional ceremonies when someone dies for what duration of time?

4. Who helps Hang get her exit visa?

5. Hang left for Russia via what airport?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hang describes feeling homesick while living in Russia and on the train ride back. However, when she arrives back in Vietnam, she feels the landscape to be oppressive. Define nostalgia/ How can memories trick a person into thinking something that is not true? Is our inability to have perfect recall a positive or negative thing?

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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