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 does Yuan think of the poor people in the city?

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

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

4. What is Yuan's inner struggle?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What reason does Yuan give for not being able to join the revolutionaries?

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

3. Why does Yuan sometimes make his homeland seem more perfect than it is?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What finally pushes Yuan to join the cause?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose two characters to compare and contrast. Compare their morals, motives, beliefs, and their conflicts. What relationship do these characters have, if any? Are they connected in any way? Do they balance each other? Cite at least six examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Yuan has a habit of judging people, places, and events by their outside experience.Citing specific examples from the novel, explain how this is true. Why is Yuan judgmental?

Essay Topic 3

How is freedom elusive to Yuan? How does Yuan constantly search for freedom but fail to find it? Cite at least examples from the novel to prove the argument.

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