A House Divided Test | Mid-Book 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 do Yuan's reasons for staying at the home of the old tenants demonstrate?

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

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

4. What is Meng's occupation?

5. How old is Yuan when he arrives in America?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Yuan watches Wang the Tiger warm his hands by the fire and sees how frail he looks, how does he feel about him?

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

3. Why do Sheng and Yuan separate once they arrive in America?

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

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

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

7. Why does Yuan go to the coastal city to see his sister and her mother?

8. What does Yuan do while he is in the countryside?

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

10. How is danger for the revolutionaries foreshadowed when Yuan, Ai-lan, and the lady mother are on the way to meet Yuan's uncle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Yuan has difficulty rejecting the traditions of the past and accepting the revolutionary ideas. What traditional ideas does Yuan have trouble rejecting and accepting? What revolutionary ideas does Yuan have trouble rejecting and accepting? What conclusions does Yuan come to in the end? Cite at least three examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the ways in which Yuan is like Wang the Tiger. How is this shown in his behavior towards others, especially women? How is this shown in the way he views tradition versus revolution? Cite at least three examples from the novel to support your case.

Essay Topic 3

Compare Yuan's life in China to his life in America. How does Yuan's perception of the events around him affect the way he lives? What is Yuan's quality of life like in each location? Are Yuan's opinions of both America and China accurate? Why or why not? Cite at least five examples from the novel.

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