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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. What was used first to keep the holes open in Tang Ao's earlobes?

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

3. How does Father acknowledge that he recognizes the children?

4. What action does Maui take that tells the reader where Hina sleeps?

5. Tu cannot deliver his messages and take care of his urgent things after he exits the tunnel because _____________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the Fair Share Refugee Act of 1960.

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. Provide examples from "The Ghostmate" of vivid imagery that reveals the man's mood as he heads back to his childhood home. Is the young man happy or sad?

7. How does the Wild Man end up in a Tampa Hospital for the insane? Tell what happens once he is there.

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

9. Describe grandmother's attitude toward grandfather, Ah Goong, citing examples from the chapter "The Grandfather of the Sierra Nevada Mountains."

10. Retell the Filipino scholar's story about the Chinese first coming to the Philippines in search of gold. Be sure to include only the information that the scholar provides. Don't be distracted by the party-goers' interruptions.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Re-read the first two pages of Chapter 5, "The Great Grandfather of the Sandalwood Mountains." Summarize what happens when Kingston sends a distant cousin money for a bike. Kingston shows uncertainty regarding her decision not to send more money. Describe her reasons for the precaution she takes not to place her family in China any troubles.

Use this summary as a springboard to a longer essay regarding why Sojourners were expected to send money home to their Chinese wives and families. Why was this practice necessary? Does it stop at anytime during the time covered in Kingston's novel?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the traditions associated with Chinese arranged marriages. What is the purpose for the "wailing bride"? How are the customs different for the bride's family and the groom's family? What is the bride expected to do when she sees her groom for the first time? What do these actions imply about the bride's role in her marriage?

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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