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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 is the meaning of the word hastening in the opening lines of "On Fathers"?

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

3. How many fortunes does Tu Tzu-chun spend?

4. How might Kingston's father's life have been different had he passed the Imperial Examinations with honors?

5. Who is Guan Goong?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Tell what the Four Valuable Things are and explain their importance to the Chinese culture.

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the folktales Kingston uses throughout China Men. For each one, describe how it is used to move along the plot in Kingston's novel. Study the Table of Contents to see where and how often the alternative genre is used. Do the tales foreshadow upcoming events? Do the fantasy stories serve to illustrate key points the author is trying to convey? Display your responses in a creative way that connects the ideas and patterns you discovered.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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