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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 does the young man enter the house of the young widow?
(a) He is being chased by dogs.
(b) He is selling wares door-to-door
(c) He is lonely and seeks companionship.
(d) He seeks shelter from a storm along the mountain path.

2. Which of the following indicates that "The Ghostmate" is a fantasy?
(a) mountains rise until the peaks fade from sight
(b) the winds whip up
(c) trees howl and bend to earth
(d) naked drought-dwarfs with one eye on top run for cover

3. Which best describes the genre of these two chapters: "The Ghostmate" and "The Father From America"?
(a) fantasy tale and biography
(b) folktale and nonfiction
(c) realistic fiction and autobiography
(d) autobiography and biography

4. What does Ah Goong say about working in the tunnels?
(a) Time and space stop inside the tunnel.
(b) Day becomes night.
(c) Mountains of dirt walked out of the tunnel.
(d) The sound of hammers only stop at night.

5. What sight does the bird see that causes it to start laughing?
(a) Maui diving into the ocean
(b) Maui's legs as he tunnels out of Hina's vagina
(c) Maui entering Hina's vagina
(d) Maui teaching the children to be silent

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the simile "like a knot of ginger root" referring to?

2. What are the "Jesus demons" trying to do when they visit the work camp where Bak Goong lives?

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

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

5. What is the significance of the Supreme Court ruling in the1898 case, The United States v. Wong Kim Ark?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the basis of the queue tax.

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. Summarize Kingston's childhood account of seeing a "Wild Man" every day when she and her sister walked to school.

4. Analyze Kingston's narrative about Uncle Kau Goong and his elderly wife. Explain why Great Aunt goes to Hong Kong and then back to China. Describe Uncle Kau's response to Great Aunt's pleas to be together again. Students might suggest the importance of Kau's final words on the subject: "We belong here (America)!"

5. At the end of the story about Kau and Great Aunt, Kingston writes that the Great Aunt's return to Red China is a clue that the country of their heritage is not as bad as the stories imply. What does this reveal to the reader about the narrator and her understanding of Communist China?

6. Explain why the Hundred-Year-Old Man's answer about how to stop the war in Vietnam is so simple.

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

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

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

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

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