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 do the women manage to capture Tang Ao?

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

3. What two actions result from the Scott Act of 1888?

4. How are the two tales, "On Mortality" and "On Mortality Again" similar?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the elements of fantasy Kingston uses to characterize Maui the Trickster in "On Mortality Again."

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

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

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

7. Explain how the author of "The Ghostmate" cues the reader that the main character represents any China Man in their youth.

8. 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?

9. Explain the Fair Share Refugee Act of 1960.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Kingston provides several examples of the use of the color red by Chinese. What does the color red symbolize for Chinese people? In what ways do Chinese people integrate the color red into their lives?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how the tone and mood that Kingston creates in her writing change from when she first addresses her Father in chapter three, "Father from China" and when she speaks of him in Chapter 14, "The American Father." Describe Kingston's attitude toward her father in Chapter three. Tell when you think Kingston changes her attitude toward him. Use quotes from the text to support your conclusions about Kingston's attitude toward her Father.

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