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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. Why is there a communal dining room at the Chinese village where Kingston's ancestors lived?
(a) All the villagers are prisoners of war.
(b) It is a traditional way of sharing meals in Chinese villages.
(c) The Communists serve food to villagers in large dining halls
(d) All the villagers' homes are destroyed by bombs.

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

3. Which anti-Chinese law comes first?
(a) The revised Burlingame Treaty
(b) Act to Amend an Act
(c) Chinese Exclusion Act
(d) Scott Act

4. What rule do the "white demons" enforce that is problematic for great grandfather Bak Goong while he is working in the sugar cane fields?
(a) silence
(b) working
(c) counting
(d) singing

5. Which of the following is an example of figurative language?
(a) man wears our father's two-hundred dollar suit.
(b) His good leather shoes with the wingtips
(c) We jumped off the fence.
(d) He took our hands out of his pockets.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Hina of the night sleep?

2. Why is this Maui's last deed?

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

4. In 1884, who is the first Chinese immigrant denied citizenship based on race?

5. What do the women do to help stir the cool female winds inside Tang's body?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Kingston say that MaMa's arrival ends Ed's independent life?

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

4. Describe grandmother's attitude toward grandfather, Ah Goong, citing examples from the chapter "The Grandfather of the Sierra Nevada Mountains."

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. Explain the cause for the children's confusion and its effects on the characters in "On Fathers."

10. How do the Chinese workers organize a strike against the railroad company without the "white demons" finding out?

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