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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. In Honolulu, what does Kingston's friend, the dancer, report about Kingston's ancestral village?
(a) the people greeted her with a parade
(b) family members had been forced out to build apartments
(c) the people in the village are ignorant and lazy
(d) the people are housed and fed

2. What message does young Kingston believe her grandfathers left behind through the tracks in Stockton?
(a) The train will help you escape danger.
(b) Go somewhere important.
(c) Stay in Stockton forever.
(d) Trains are dangerous and should be avoided.

3. How many years, according to Ah Goong, does it take to complete the railroad?
(a) six years
(b) two years
(c) twenty years
(d) ten years

4. What are the "Jesus demons" trying to do when they visit the work camp where Bak Goong lives?
(a) trying to convert the Chinese to Christianity
(b) trying to lure them to work at their farm
(c) trying to baptize the Chinese workers
(d) trying to cast demons from the Chinese workers

5. What is the procedure that the women are using on Tang's feet called?
(a) swaddling
(b) footbinding
(c) bandaging
(d) streaming

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What action does Maui take that tells the reader where Hina sleeps?

3. What is the Chinaman's hat in "The Great Grandfather of the Sandalwood Mountains"?

4. When does the story of Tu-Tzu-chin take place?

5. In "The Ghostmate," what does the young man see along the path that comforts him a little?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Provide examples from "The Ghostmate" of vivid imagery that reveals the man's mood as he heads back to his childhood home. Is the young man happy or sad?

3. Explain how the author of "The Ghostmate" cues the reader that the main character represents any China Man in their youth.

4. What purpose is served when Bak Goong tells his fellow workers the tale about the King who fathered a prince with cat ears and keeps it a secret?

5. 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.

6. What is the purpose for making Tang Ao's capture so easy it could be done by women?

7. Describe the tenets of the philosophy of living multiple lives until you learn an important lesson.

8. What is the significance of the long path that leads to the widow's house in "The Ghostmate"?

9. Describe how the author uses personification in "The Great Grandfather from the Sandalwood Mountains." Give examples from the text.

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

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