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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. Where do Ed and MaMa go after Ed is ousted from the laundry business?
(a) to the movies
(b) to Alaska
(c) to Long Island
(d) to California

2. Why would the woman in "The Ghostmate" ask the young man to make her shoes?
(a) The woman wants her visitor to leave right away.
(b) The woman is poor and needs a pair of shoes.
(c) The woman is trying to distract the young man from the storm.
(d) The woman keeps her visitors with her by making them make things for her.

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) the top of Sandalwood Mountain
(d) a hat to protect the Chinese workers

4. What is the simile "like a knot of ginger root" referring to?
(a) the shape of Tang's ears
(b) the veins in Tang's broken feet
(c) Tang's broken and stacked toes
(d) Tang's arthritic hands

5. What does the monk say Tu Tzu-chun has to do to repay him the third time?
(a) murder his wife
(b) spend another fortune
(c) work for him on an important difficult task
(d) spend his fortune on others

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following from "The Ghostmate" shows that the young man is feeling guilty about not returning to his family?

2. Who is Tu Tzu-chun's examiner?

3. Who were the Gold Mountain Sojourners?

4. How does great grandfather Bak Goong break the rules of silence while working in Sandalwood Mountain?

5. What reason is given for torturing Tang Ao?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the irony of Maui the Trickster' s demise in "On Mortality Again."

2. Briefly describe the process of footbinding and tell why the women sing to him when tightly bandaging his feet.

3. Explain how the author uses foreshadowing in the first two lines of "On Mortality."

4. Identify and describe two historical allusions Kingston makes in "The Grandfather of the Sierra Nevada Mountains."

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

6. 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.

7. At the end of the "The Laws," Kingston predicts that the 1980 census may show that a million or more ethnic Chinese will be living in the United States. Why does she have to predict the census numbers?

8. 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?

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

10. Why does Bak Goong have so much trouble staying quiet while working in the cane fields?

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