Paradise of the Blind Test | Final Test - Hard

Dương Thu Hương
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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. One of the guests reveals to Hang that her Uncle summoned her to Moscow to do what?

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

3. Mr. Duong asks Aunt Tam to help which relative of his?

4. What does Hang consider the "greatest human sadness?"

5. Que buys a Japanese cloth with what pattern?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the apartment Uncle Chinh has been staying at.

2. Why does Que and Aunt Tam's relationship become strained?

3. What is the relationship between Madame Dua and Aunt Tam?

4. Describe Hang's nostalgia about fog.

5. Who is My. Duong?

6. Is Hang's acceptance into university a cause for celebration?

7. How does Hang feel about Aunt Tam's village?

8. Descrive Hang's feelings toward the color purple.

9. Why does Hang like duckweed flowers so much?

10. What is Aunt Tam's response to Mr. Duong's favor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hang makes a decision to not be like her mom and aunt - stuck in the past. Should one ignore the past when moving to the future? Can one succeed without remembering the past? Why role does your background play in your identity and is it something anyone can ever leave behind?

Essay Topic 2

After Aunt Tam's passing, Hang discovers several of her aunt's possessions, including two wedding gowns and the gold earrings she had given Hang. Discuss the significance of these items to the owner and the story. What do they say about Aunt Tam?

Essay Topic 3

Aunt Tam is a survivor - she survives being denounced, having her land stolen from her and seeing family members die. She ends up being quite successful in her village. Do you think Aunt Tam could have been successful anywhere else? What do you think kept Aunt Tam from leaving to pursue success elsewhere? Was this a wise choice?

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