Short Essay Questions Key
1. Why did Tang's father decide each of his sons' careers for them?
Tang's father decided each of his sons' careers, considering it his God-given right to do so. He was the head of his family and intended to build a world out of his children's talent and obedience. The careers he chose for his sons would intersect and work together to build a fortune consisting of money, position, well-chosen wives, and virtue.
2. Who helped Tang's father raise Tang and his five brothers?
Tang's father was assisted in the bringing-up of his sons by his wife. To assist his wife, each son had a Chinese nurse until the the age of thirteen. If any of the sons were doing poorly in any school subject, tutors were brought in to rectify the matter. Each son also had a music teacher come into the home twice a week. Tang's paternal grandfather assisted with the teachings of morals and ethics every Sunday.
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