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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 is the celebration which is taking place all too soon after the death of Ona?
2. What does Mason find to be too Chinesey, according to the recollection of Leila in this chapter?
3. When the S.S. Independent docks, ____________ has cleaned the house, helped sew a dozen culottes, and heated lunch.
4. Leila remembers thanking the ______________ for offering her some time off.
5. What does Leila decide to do when Mason goes off to work after they party?
Short Essay Questions
1. After Mah finds a new job at Ching's, Leon goes away to a trip on the sea to Australia. What happens to Mah's job when he is away?
2. What does a teacher's aide tell Leila about Leon after he walks out on Mah during a discussion about Ona's ashes?
3. Why did Leila have to translate between Leon and a Woolworth's manager when Ona was eight or nine?
4. Leila wonders why Mason does not introduce her to his family. What is the reason?
5. Why do the women at the factory work night and day, pushing themselves to sew?
6. What are the Confucian virtues, according to the start of this chapter?
7. When Mason and Leila come to fetch Leon, what do they find he has done in his apartment?
8. Why does Leon want to have a fancy Chinese wake for Ona after her suicide, though Nina suggests a simple cremation?
9. What do the sewing ladies do for Mah and the rest of the family after the death of Ona?
10. What has Leila prepared for the afternoon art class in the classroom where she is teaching?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
As the family grows up, many establish their independence by moving as far away as possible - a common theme in immigrant family stories.
Part 1: Why do you think Nina feels she needs to move as far away as possible?
Part 2: Why does Leila feel as though she needs to establish her independence from her family by eloping?
Part 3: Why do you think children in this family feel they need to distance themselves from the rest of their family in the actions they take?
Essay Topic 2
The sheltered existence of Chinatown seems to have the possibility of hurting those who live there as much as it seems to help them.
Part 1: Why do you think neighborhoods like Chinatown still exist today?
Part 2: Do you think that sheltered neighborhoods are beneficial to their inhabitants? Why or why not?
Part 3: In what ways are these cultural neighborhoods making life more difficult for those who live there? Or aren't they?
Essay Topic 3
The struggle between the 'normal' culture and the Chinese culture is seen throughout the novel.
Part 1: Why do you think that modern culture has trouble accepting foreigners?
Part 2: Do you think it's fair to try to push one culture into behaving in a certain way? Why or why not?
Part 3: Do you think that differing cultures can coexist peacefully and without conflict? Why or why not?
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