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 Ed's partners swindle him out of the business?

2. How many times does Ah Goong go to Gold Mountain?

3. Why is there a communal dining room at the Chinese village where Kingston's ancestors lived?

4. Which congressional act in 1882 bans Chinese laborers from entering the U.S. for ten years?

5. How does the stranger respond to the children's mistake?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the significance of the long path that leads to the widow's house in "The Ghostmate"?

6. How does Kingston employ humor in "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. Describe the tenets of the philosophy of living multiple lives until you learn an important lesson.

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

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

Revisit the chapter "The Grandfather of the Sierra Nevada Mountains." Explain the concept of citizenship papers that many Chinese immigrants purchased to ensure their ability to stay in America. Explain the reasons for paper sons. Then tell how the San Francisco fire of 1906 allowed every China man to be reborn a citizen.

Essay Topic 2

Tell about the evolution of Kingston's Chinese family from one that practices solely Chinese customs to one practicing Americanized customs. For example, how many generations pass before Kingston's family evolves from adhering to arranged marriages to its first self-selected marriage. Discuss the reluctance of Kingston's Mother to let go of her Chinese traditions or superstitions. Describe the condition of the Chinese American in California with family still living in China.

Essay Topic 3

Write a book review of Maxine Hong Kingston's novel China Men. Briefly summarize the plot line in the story, and then describe Kingston's approach to the subject as an author. Finally, tell whether you would recommend this book to someone else. Explain your recommendation to your reader.

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