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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. Leila waits to talk to Mah until Leon's return with stories of her ______________, hoping this will unlock her from Mah.
2. The women at the factory are working hard as the ___________ is easy for them to make and it pays well.
3. Tommie was a nervous wreck as he watched the sewing ladies on long ___________ breaks.
4. What is the celebration which is taking place all too soon after the death of Ona?
5. Mah wants to put Ona's ________________ on Confucius' altar to commemorate her.
Short Essay Questions
1. To what does Leila compare the feeling of time rushing forward and then snapping still?
2. What does Mah want to do in order to prepare herself for the homecoming of Leon?
3. What is the argument between Leon and Mah regarding the ashes of Ona after her death?
4. Why do the women at the factory work night and day, pushing themselves to sew?
5. Why did Leila have to translate between Leon and a Woolworth's manager when Ona was eight or nine?
6. What have the women done by the time the S.S. Independent docks at the shore?
7. What is the only thing Nina asks Leila to do in order to handle Mah's trip to Hong Kong?
8. What has Leila prepared for the afternoon art class in the classroom where she is teaching?
9. What does Mah do when Nina decides to bring the urn with Ona's ashes to Baby Clothes?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The idea of becoming more American is one that continues throughout this story - sometimes looked at in a positive way, sometimes in a negative way.
Part 1: Why do you think that characters often want to become more Americanized?
Part 2: Why are some more modernized characters chastised for becoming less Chinese in their actions and behaviors?
Part 3: Do you think it's a positive thing for the American culture and its ideals to become so pervasive? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
The responsibility on Leila's shoulders to take care of her family must be enormous. Often, she is put in the middle and made to make decisions that might not make everyone happy.
Part 1: Do you think it's fair for a child to take on the responsibilities of their parents? Why or why not?
Part 2: Why do you think children are often looked to for leadership as parents age?
Part 3: Do Leon and Mah seem to be willing to help themselves? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
As with any story and the reading of any story, one must ask whether they can trust the narrator to tell them the truth and to help them understand the characters.
Part 1: Why is Leila the best choice to be the narrator of this story?
Part 2: Do you think the readers can trust Leila to tell the story fairly and in an unbiased way?
Part 3: How might the story have changed if it was told from the viewpoint of Mah?
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