So Long a Letter Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to her sons Alioune and Malick?

2. How does Binetou treat Modou?

3. How does the narrator view herself at age fifty?

4. What is the reason the narrator gives for not marrying Daouda Dieng?

5. When Daouda Dieng returns, what does he say he appreciates?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Unlike many Senegalese women, the narrator is a working mother, even before her husband left her. Much research has been done on the effect of a two-parent working family on children. What does the research seem to suggest? What are some possible ways to solve the problem of the need for both parents to work outside of the home in the United States? More and more men are becoming stay-at-home fathers while their wives are the primary breadwinners. After researching the dynamics of male/female power structure in Senegal today, do you think this phenomenon is taking place there also? Why or why not?

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

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.

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