So Long a Letter 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. Of what significance is the narrator's unconventional marriage?

2. Which wife receives the most money?

3. According to tradition, who stays with the narrator during this tragic time?

4. Who does Aissatou marry?

5. To what does the narrator compare teachers?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a possible reason the narrator's first name is revealed in chapter 19?

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

3. What is the overall tone of the end of this collection of letters?

4. How does the narrator adapt to the absence of her husband, Modou?

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

6. What decision is made about Aissatou's pregnancy and how does Ramatoulaye feel about the decision?

7. What is the goal of the school the narrator attends?

8. What is the response to the taking down of the hair by each wife?

9. What is special about the narrator and how is this looked upon?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Women have little economic or political power in Senegal at the time this book is set in the 1950-1960s. Research how if at all, Senegal has changed since the time of the setting of this book in terms of the equality between men and women. Would you want to live in a culture as that of Senegal of that time? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Ramatoulaye's message at the end of the book is one of hope. Discuss various things that our world is doing to ensure the continuation of a healthy species and earth and how that is hopeful.

In what ways does our species and planet seem to be on a course of destruction and what needs to be done to feel hopeful about the future?

Essay Topic 3

How would Ramatoulaye's life have been different if her husband had not married a second wife and how would it be different if he had divided his time and resources equally between the two women as is dictated in the Koran?

If polygamy were legal in your country for either men or woman, would you consider more than one husband or wife? Explain why or why not.

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