Short Essay Questions Key
1. How did Lao's father's early life influence the rest of his life?
Lao's father had a troubled young life. He was an only child and his parents died when he was young. An uncle raised him, who made sure that Lao's father was schooled. Lao's father never truly learned how to manage a family and finances through examples. This is shown by the lack of money he saves for his adult family.
2. Why would neighbors criticize Lao's mother?
Neighbors criticized Lao's mother for not knowing how to handle a household. Her mother lived a sheltered life as a child and never had an example of leading a household. Part of Chinese culture is not bringing shame. The neighbors saw Lao's mother as behaving improperly, and gossipped about it.
3. How were Lao's parents similar?
Both of Lao's parents led very sheltered lives as children. They did not have solid models for future family life. They both tried to manage the household well, but struggled to do so. Lao's parents were ignorant toward the workings of the world.
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