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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the monk tell Tu Tzu-chun about the task he has in store for Tu?
(a) Hide your broken arms in your sleeves.
(b) All that you will see and feel will be illusions.
(c) Talk, or I'll dash its head against the rocks.
(d) Swallow these three white pills.

2. What do the two old women do to Tang Ao with the needles?
(a) pierce Tang's tongue
(b) pierce Tang's ears
(c) sew Tang's lips shut
(d) pin Tang's ears to his head

3. What is the Chinaman's hat in "The Great Grandfather of the Sandalwood Mountains"?
(a) the place in town where Chinese workers gamble
(b) an island
(c) a hat to protect the Chinese workers
(d) the top of Sandalwood Mountain

4. Which tax is enforced on Chinese immigrants living in California in order to pay for the extra policing their presence requires?
(a) the cubic air ordinance
(b) the police tax
(c) the laundry tax
(d) the cigar tax

5. Which is an example from the text of sensory details?
(a) noses against his coat to sniff his tobacco smell
(b) gold coins that were really chocolate
(c) mother came out of the house
(d) watched the man walk away

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do the basketmen stop working in autumn?

2. What was used first to keep the holes open in Tang Ao's earlobes?

3. What is supposedly the cause of the "Mongolian spot" on some Chinese babies?

4. What is the meaning of the word hastening in the opening lines of "On Fathers"?

5. What did the Displaced Persons Act passed in 1948 offer Chinese immigrants?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare and contrast the proverbs "On Mortality" and "On Mortality Again."

2. Explain the progression of laws that at first limited Chinese family members from entering the U.S. to the laws that allowed them entry whether the quota had been met or not.

3. Describe the way great grandfather Bak Goong ends up working in the Sandalwood Mountains in Hawaii?

4. Explain how prior knowledge or a similar experience can help a reader understand the events that occur in "On Fathers."

5. Describe how Kingston feels about her father from China. Use details from the text to support your conclusions.

6. How does Kingston employ humor in "On Mortality Again"?

7. Compare and contrast the genre used for "On Discovery" and for "On Fathers."

8. Describe the elements of fantasy Kingston uses to characterize Maui the Trickster in "On Mortality Again."

9. Describe the way the women pierce Tang Ao's ears and what they do to keep the holes open. Include examples of sensory details the author uses in the text.

10. Explain the Fair Share Refugee Act of 1960.

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