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

2. What sight does the bird see that causes it to start laughing?

3. Who is the author speaking or writing to in the beginning of "The Father from China"?

4. What do the two old women do to Tang Ao with the needles?

5. What finally makes Tu Tzu-chun break his silence?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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.

3. Describe the way great grandfather Bak Goong ends up working in the Sandalwood Mountains in Hawaii?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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

Compare and contrast the stories of Kingston's two relatives who helped build up the places they went outside of China. The Great Grandfather of Sandalwood Mountain" and "The Grandfather of the Sierra Nevada Mountains." Describe the similarities among the China men's two experiences, one in Hawaii and the other in America's Western states. Then describe the differences in the two men's experiences. What kinds of things contribute to the differences between the stories?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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