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. How do the soldiers know to look for Yuan?

2. At what point does Yuan begin looking at women differently?

3. What causes Yuan to start paying more attention to Ai-lan's female friends then he previously did?

4. At the family meeting to discuss the marriage, why do the elders say only very little?

5. Why is Yuan careful about what he tells his new friend Jim?

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

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

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

5. How do the villagers respond to Yuan leaving the countryside?

6. When Yuan is sitting by his ill father at the fire, what causes Yuan to start to resent him again?

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

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

9. What is Yuan's reaction to his reflection in the mirror when he first tries on city clothes?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Yuan feels shame many times in the novel. Citing three examples from the text to support your argument, what are some of the times that Yuan feels shame? Why does he feel this shame? How does Yuan's shame develop or dwindle throughout the novel?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The number three is significant in several ways, one being that there are three stages in Yuan's life. Describe these three stages and how they compare and contrast. These stages of life are represented by the three different chapters. Explain how this is significant.

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