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 believe about Lady mother-in-law?

2. How does the narrator feel about Modou even several years after he marries Binetou?

3. What is the narrator's oldest daughter like?

4. What does the narrator tell the answer to question #120 in response to his offer of marriage?

5. How did the narrator feel about her marriage before Modou abandons her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Greed has been one of the strongest motivators for much of the trauma that has happened among humanity--everything from stealing, lying, and cheating to murder, war, and genocide can be traced to individual and national greed. Find four significant events in history that happened almost solely because of greed. Discuss each event. What are the similarities among the events? What was the outcome? Who profited? Who were the losers? Is greed still a big motivator?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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