The Blind Assassin Test | Final 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. What is the name of the institution to which one of the characters is confined?

2. Who saves the Earth men from impending death at the hands of the Lizard Men?

3. Richard, Iris, Laura, and Winifred take the maiden voyage of what ship?

4. In Laura's Latin book, Iris finds a passage from what work?

5. Where does Laura move when she turns twenty-one and is given access to the money in her trust?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the woman respond to the suggestion that she leave her husband before the man goes overseas?

2. In chapter 9, how does Laura behave towards Richard?

3. What is the woman's attitude while aboard the cruise ship?

4. In chapter 13, why does Walter come over to Iris's house?

5. Why do you think Iris has 'The Blind Assassin' published?

6. What does Laura say in chapter 11 that upsets Winifred?

7. What message does Laura leave for Iris in her school notebooks?

8. In chapter 13 what is the state of Iris and Richard's marriage?

9. According to chapter 9, why is Laura afraid of her father?

10. According to chapter 10, what is the political climate in Spain?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, the characters, particularly Laura and Iris, make decisions because they are misinformed or ignorant. Discuss the significance of ignorance and oblivion in the novel. According to the woman, she is with the man for oblivion. Does this oblivion necessitate the ignorance regarding the events taking place around her? In what ways does oblivion or ignorance help the characters and in what way does it hinder them? On the other hand, are there any instances in which knowledge is a hindrance?

Essay Topic 2

Iris feels confined by her gender. She feels obligated to accept Richard's marriage proposal, she allows him to bully her because she believes she has no real power in their relationship, and remains married to him because she has no marketable skills. In the same way, the sacrificial virgins of Sakiel-Norn are doomed to a life of slavery and sacrifice. Do you think that Iris and Laura are confined by their gender or do they have the power to make their own decisions and escape from the expectations of the men around them? Compare and contrast the Sakiel-Norn virgins with the women in the main novel, incorporating at least two characters. You might want to include characters such as Iris, Laura, Reenie, Winifred, Liliana, Adelia, Aimee, or Myra. You can also incorporate the Peach Women of Aa'A if you so choose.

Essay Topic 3

In many ways, the man's story in 'The Blind Assassin' is his way of telling the woman how he feels about the society in which they live. Explain the significance of each of the man's stories in terms of what universal truth or social commentary he is attempting to communicate to the woman with the story. What people or groups of people do the characters in the man's stories represent? Why does the man use stories to convey his beliefs rather than a more straightforward form?

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