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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 is the meaning of the word hastening in the opening lines of "On Fathers"?
(a) running quickly by
(b) stopping to tie shoe laces
(c) speeding up the pace of walking
(d) slowing down the pace of walking

2. What part of Tang Ao's wardrobe is shaped like a bridge?
(a) tunic
(b) apron
(c) hat
(d) shoes

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

4. How does the wife that great grandfather Bak Sook Goong takes back to China affect Kingston's heritage?
(a) The new wife insists on returning to Hawaii with the rest of the family, removing them from China for good.
(b) The new wife has no affect on Kingston's heritage.
(c) The new wife's children start the line of Hawaiian-Chinese family members.
(d) The new wife refuses to blend with Bak Sook Goong's other wives, causing the first divorce in her family.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the stranger respond to the children's mistake?

2. Which is an example from the text of sensory details?

3. What culture is the character Maui from in "On Mortality Again"?

4. What message does young Kingston believe her grandfathers left behind through the tracks in Stockton?

5. The seer does not disturb the spirits in the clouds in "On Mortality Again" __________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the relationship between Father and the owner of the Gambling House.

5. Describe the experience of the AJA's (Americans of Japanese Ancestry) during World War II, using only details from Kingston's retelling of her memories and the stories she heard as a child.

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

7. Create a dictionary using words from the chapter, "The Li Sao: An Elegy." Choose words that readers will need to have knowledge of in order to understand the story. Create a display using words that fit the theme of the folktale, such as phoenix, mourned, epic, elegy, lament, sorrow, estrangement, incorruptible, entwined, requiem, warmongers, etc.

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

9. 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)!"

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

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