China Men Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How does Father acknowledge that he recognizes the children?

2. What does the monk say Tu Tzu-chun has to do to repay him the third time?

3. Which railroad company building the Transcontinental Railroad does Ah Goong work for?

4. To what does this simile refer: "Sap ran from its cuts like crying blind eyes"?

5. Who is Guan Goong?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Describe the basis of the queue tax.

4. In "On Mortality," how does the author make the reader sympathize with Tu when he is born as a deaf-mute girl child?

5. Describe how the widow in "The Ghostmate" uses the young man's talents against him.

6. What is the purpose for making Tang Ao's capture so easy it could be done by women?

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

8. What explanation does the tale of Tu Tzu-chun give for the "Mongolian spot" in "On Mortality?"

9. Evaluate the methods Kingston uses to reveal the passage of time while Ah Goong is working in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a book review of Maxine Hong Kingston's novel China Men. Briefly summarize the plot line in the story, and then describe Kingston's approach to the subject as an author. Finally, tell whether you would recommend this book to someone else. Explain your recommendation to your reader.

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

Note instances in China Men when Kingston relates events about her Father having nightmares. Identify the family's situation at the time Father is having nightmares. Consider the reasons MaMa gives for Father awakening screaming in the middle of the night. How are the children affected by Father's nightmares? What do the children think is the cause of their Father's bad dreams? What is your opinion about the cause and effects of Father's nightmares?

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