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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which Supreme Court case overturns San Francisco safety ordinances, thereby admitting that California laws are designed to harass Chinese immigrants?

2. Where do Ed and MaMa go after Ed is ousted from the laundry business?

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

4. What mood does the letter from Kingston's friend, the physicist, reflect about his return visit to their common ancestral village?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how the author of "The Ghostmate" cues the reader that the main character represents any China Man in their youth.

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

3. Explain how prior knowledge or a similar experience can help a reader understand the events that occur in "On Fathers."

4. Compare and contrast the tales that Kingston makes up about how her father gets to America.

5. Why would Tang beg to have the bandages replaced tightly after having the them removed from his feet?

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

7. What purpose is served when Bak Goong tells his fellow workers the tale about the King who fathered a prince with cat ears and keeps it a secret?

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

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

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tell about the evolution of Kingston's Chinese family from one that practices solely Chinese customs to one practicing Americanized customs. For example, how many generations pass before Kingston's family evolves from adhering to arranged marriages to its first self-selected marriage. Discuss the reluctance of Kingston's Mother to let go of her Chinese traditions or superstitions. Describe the condition of the Chinese American in California with family still living in China.

Essay Topic 2

Identify times in Kingston's novel, China Men, when a character's expectations about Gold Mountain are not met. Compare and contrast characters' expectations with the reality they experience in America. Consider the plight of the Sojourners. Why do so many return to China? Why do some stay in America, leaving their families behind in a hostile China?

Essay Topic 3

Study the immigration laws currently on the books in the United States. Compare them to "The Laws" the author describes in that chapter. Verify the accuracy of the laws Kingston describes. Note that some of the laws address California immigration, and others were passed by the federal government. How have the laws changed since Kingston wrote this novel in 1977? Do you think the changes have been positive or negative? How do the modern laws affect different people?

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