A House Divided Test | Final 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 long does Sheng live in America without leaving the city he lives in?

2. Who invites Yuan to come work in the new capital city?

3. Who is Yuan nervous about meeting when he arrives at the capital city?

4. What does Yuan take his students outdoors to do?

5. What does Yuan find physically unattractive about Mary?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Yuan incorporate his love of the land with teaching? What are his student's reactions?

2. What does Yuan learn about his father's financial situation when he visits?

3. Does Yuan keep his hopes up about Mei-ling changing her mind about his proposal? Why or why not?

4. According to Mary's description, is Yuan enthusiastic or idealistic?

5. Why is Yuan embarrassed by the Chinese brothers who put on a comedy act at the school?

6. When Yuan is on the train to visit his father, what kind of people does he notice sitting around him?

7. How does Yuan feel about America when he leaves it?

8. In what ways does Yuan struggle with his pride?

9. What does Wu do when a beggar reaches for a handout from him?

10. When Yuan finds a letter from Mary in his room, what does it say?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Yuan's relationship with Mei-ling develop from the time he meets her to the end of the novel? What setbacks does the relationship experience? What about the advances? What can the reader predict for the development of their relationship? Cite at least two examples from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Yuan is often caught between two extremes and has trouble choosing one wholeheartedly. Give three pairs of extremes that Yuan must choose between. What does he finally choose? Why? What causes Yuan from picking one extreme over another?

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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