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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 another secret revealed about the deceased?

2. Who is Aissatou?

3. What does Modou do with his degree?

4. What is the goal of the narrator's education?

5. How do the narrator and her friends feel about being teachers?

Short Essay Questions

1. What evidence is there that racism exists in Senegal? What is the narrator's response to the problem?

2. What are the narrator's concerns for some of her children?

3. What did Lady Mother-in-Law bring up at the mirasse and with what result?

4. How does the narrator feel about the problems with Aissatou?

5. What does Ramatoulaye feel about Daouda and his offer of marriage?

6. What does Modou do upon returning from France?

7. Describe the process of "making donations." How does the narrator feel about this process?

8. What tradition surrounding her husband's death does the narrator dislike and why?

9. How does Daouda ask for Ramatoulaye's hand in marriage and what is her response?

10. Why do you think the narrator still puts up with her in-laws who irritate her and who continue to visit despite the fact that Modou is no longer living with the narrator?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Forgiveness. Many people think of forgiveness as an individual act of one person forgiving someone else, as in the story when Ramatoulaye forgives first her husband for deserting her and then her daughter, Aissatou for becoming pregnant out of wedlock. This is one type of forgiveness, but let's look at forgiveness on a grander scale. Research and write an essay on how Germany was treated at the end of WWI versus the end of WWII--what were the differences?

How did the harsh treatment of Germany after WWI contribute to WWII happening, if it did--would Germany have become a different country if it had been treated with forgiveness after WWI?

Do you think that the fact that Germany, Italy, and Japan are successful nations today has to do with the forgiveness offered them after WWII--discuss whether nations be forgiven aggression after they are defeated and how much reparations should be exacted.

Essay Topic 2

Ramatoulaye, the narrator is dealing with the grief of the death of her husband, whom she still loves, though he abandoned her. Grief is an integral aspect of every culture, though different cultures have different ways of dealing with grief. Choose three cultures from three different continents around the world and research the concept of grief in each one. Explain how each culture has traditions in place to deal with grief. Compare and contrast the three cultures and their attitudes about grief and the ways their people deal with grief.

Essay Topic 3

Besides morality having changed in the United States, the differences between what is considered right and wrong vary from culture to culture. Research three cultures other than the United States whose predominant religions are different and learn about their ideas of right and wrong. (For example, use a country where Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism are the predominant religion). Discuss how these three cultures differ. How are they similar? Do you feel more comfortable with one culture over the other two? Why?

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