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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. In what year did the U.S. immigration laws discard the Western Hemisphere quota and move to a worldwide quota?

2. What is the one emotion that Tu Tzu-chun cannot overcome in his illusion?

3. What culture is the character Maui from in "On Mortality Again"?

4. What happens after the bird laughs in "On Mortality Again"?

5. What is the simile "like a knot of ginger root" referring to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Identify and describe two historical allusions Kingston makes in "The Grandfather of the Sierra Nevada Mountains."

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

3. Compare and contrast the genre used for "On Discovery" and for "On Fathers."

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. Explain the irony of Maui the Trickster' s demise in "On Mortality Again."

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

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

9. 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?

10. Do you think this chapter "On Fathers" takes place in China or in America? Give reasons for your choice, citing examples from the text.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the first and last chapters in Kingston's China Men. Make a connection between the two chapters in the context of the novel. What message does "On Discovery" send? What message does "On Listening" send? What evidence supports the conclusions you drew about the connection between the opening and closing chapters?

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

Analyze the context in which Kingston addresses immortality in China Men. Do the Chinese men in China associate the Gold Mountain with immortality? Explain your answer in detail, citing quotes from specific chapters in China Men. Use other sources to find examples of man's search for or dream of achieving immortality. Are they consistent with Kingston's references in China Men?

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