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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is Yuan envious of Sheng?
(a) Yuan's family praises Sheng more often.
(b) Sheng is a better dancer.
(c) Sheng is often praised for his writing skills.
(d) Sheng has better robes than Yuan.

2. When the soldiers arrive at Yuan's school, what are they searching for?
(a) Ai-lan, because she has behaved inappropriately.
(b) Meng, because of his association with the cause.
(c) Students that belong to the cause.
(d) Yuan, to bring him back to his father.

3. How does Yuan show a lack of courtesy towards the old tenants, besides inviting himself into their home?
(a) He eats from their sparse food supply.
(b) He invites others into their home.
(c) He takes their one and only horse.
(d) He demands they give him money.

4. Who says, "almost I understand how sons kill their fathers in these days"?
(a) Yuan's father.
(b) Yuan.
(c) Yuan's sister.
(d) Ai-lan's mother.

5. Why does Yuan find himself hating tradition?
(a) It prevents him in finding true love.
(b) It is a tool used by his father to manipulate him.
(c) It takes away his freedom.
(d) It stifles creativity.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Yuan's teacher, why can't Yuan explain the meaning of his poem?

2. Who says, "I cannot kill--I am not brave, I know"?

3. Which character looks at the rich and fat with disdain?

4. How does Yuan feel about arranged marriage?

5. Why does Yuan decide to stay at the old tenant's home?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sheng represent tradition? How does Meng represent revolution?

2. Why does Yuan have reservations about joining the revolutionary cause?

3. What is the one thing that does not cut off Yuan from the poor around him?

4. What first gives Yuan the courage to stand up against his father about the arranged marriage?

5. What does Yuan do when he sees the poor people outside the pleasure house? What does he think of the poor?

6. When Yuan travels to the earthen home that once belonged to his grandfather, why do the people look at him suspiciously?

7. How does the maid turn into yet another trap for Yuan's freedom?

8. Why does Yuan seem to despise the American people?

9. How does Yuan feel when he is told that his father has arranged a marriage for him?

10. Why does Yuan finally decide to learn to dance at the pleasure houses?

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