So Long a Letter Test | Final Test - Hard

Mariama Ba
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator do to fill the void her husband's loss leaves?

2. What does Daba suggest that her mother (the narrator) do?

3. Who is disappointed about how the narrator handles Aissatou's problem?

4. What does the narrator do to Modou about his second marriage?

5. What is the name of one of the narrator's children?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Ramatoulaye realizes her daughters are smoking and wearing "Western" clothes. Discuss the idea of the "ugly American" and why many countries seem to both be attracted to and repulsed by American (United States) culture, fashions, fads, ideas, etc. Do you believe Americans deserve this contempt from many citizens of other countries? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

How long has the idea of fate been part of the human culture? Discuss the difference between fate and the idea that a person creates his/her own reality. Which concept seems to make more sense? Which concept would you prefer to live you life by? Why? If you really believed that everything is fated, how would that change the way you lived your life?

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