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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 doesn't Yuan want to rent a room from the woman who runs the only home willing to rent him a room?
(a) The room is too expensive.
(b) She is racist.
(c) She has opposing political beliefs.
(d) She is ugly and loud-mouthed.

2. What does Yuan immediately become aware of when he enters the coastal city?
(a) That people are very suspicious of his prescence.
(b) The streets are filthy.
(c) The differences between rich and poor.
(d) The women are treated different.

3. At what point does Yuan begin looking at women differently?
(a) When he talks to Ai-lan's mother about his father.
(b) When he dances with a woman for the first time.
(c) When he meets the maid.
(d) When he touches hands with the maid.

4. What does Yuan's "mother" think he should do about his father?
(a) Send a guard to his home to kill him.
(b) Go home to make sure he is still alive.
(c) Forget that he exists and stay in the city.
(d) Contact him to tell him where he is.

5. Why does Sheng want go abroad and never return?
(a) The rich people of the region disgust him.
(b) He believes the poor people in foreign countries need more help.
(c) He doesn't believe a revolution is necessary.
(d) He doesn't want to fight for the common man.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Yuan is alone with the old tenants, why are they suspicious of his motives?

2. When the soldiers arrive at Yuan's school, what are they searching for?

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

4. What makes Yuan feel trapped?

5. When Yuan writes to his father from America, what does he tell him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the letter from Yuan's father in Chapter 1 say, and what is Yuan's reaction to it?

2. Why is Yuan so proud to call Ai-lan's mother his own mother?

3. After he finds out his father is sick, why do the guards accompany Yuan back to his father's home?

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

5. Why is Yuan so focused in his studies in America?

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 try to run away from himself?

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

(see the answer keys)

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