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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. How do readers know that the Hundred-Year-Old Man took a job in Hawai'i that paid for passage and offered steady pay, just the same as Kingston's great grandfather?
(a) Both the Hundred-Year-Old Man and great grandfather enjoyed watching the small sugarcane plants grow, therefore the two men must have worked at the same time.
(b) The old man sees the King and Prince of the Hawai'ian Islands who offer him work, just as in the great grandfather's story.
(c) The old man has only left the island two times in his life to go to other Hawai'ian Islands, same as great grandfather who decides to remain in Hawai'i and not return to China.
(d) The details of the old man's experiences with working to clear land, going to town on pay day, and how he spent his money are the same as in the story told about Kingston's great grandfather.

2. To what does Kingston refer with the metaphor "the living night"?
(a) the dark shed
(b) a pile of manure
(c) a black horse
(d) a stagecoach

3. How does Kingston refer to "The Adventures of Lo Bun Sun," based on her childhood perspective?
(a) Kingston says that it was very hard to sit through MaMa's reading of this book.
(b) Kingston says that
(c) Kingston says that this story was reminiscent of the China Men she saw leaving for Gold Mountain.
(d) Kingston says this is one of the more boring books her mother read to her.

4. What does Kingston realize about men at Great Uncle Kau's funeral?
(a) Men grow very old before they die.
(b) Men must carry the casket out of the demon mortuary.
(c) Men are afraid of death.
(d) Men have feelings too.

5. How does Sing Kay Ng get his name?
(a) Lo Bun Sun names him Sing Kay Ng because the man has a limp.
(b) Sing Kay Ng gets his Chinese name from his Chinese mother.
(c) Lo Bun Sun names him Sing Kay Ng because it means fleeing man.
(d) Sing Kay Ng makes up his own name after he learns Chinese from Lo Bun Sun.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the blind fortune teller predict will happen to Kingston's San Francisco Aunt over her lifetime?

2. How many China Men make up the Chinese population in Alaska?

3. What happens in Hawaii that prevents the Hundred-Year-Old Man from going to town in 1893?

4. Which statement best describes Kingston's attitude toward the Communists?

5. What word best describes the meaning of Ch'u Yuan's name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the irony of the mandarins requesting more ships in the story the Filipino scholar tells in "On Listening."

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

3. Compare the Alaskan Driving Out with the California Driving Out of China Men.

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

5. What happens to Father after the Gambling House is closed permanently? How does Father recover?

6. What does Lo Bun Sun's constant work and preparation suggest about his character?

7. 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)!"

8. Compare and contrast grandfather Ah Goong's experiences during the Driving Out with those that took place in Alaska according to Kingston's narrative.

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

10. What is the significance of the last line in "The Hundred-Year-Old Man"?

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