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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 message does young Kingston believe her grandfathers left behind through the tracks in Stockton?

2. Who is Guan Goong?

3. What rule do the "white demons" enforce that is problematic for great grandfather Bak Goong while he is working in the sugar cane fields?

4. How long had Ed been away from China before he and MaMa were reunited in New York City?

5. To what does this simile refer: "Sap ran from its cuts like crying blind eyes"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the Chinese workers organize a strike against the railroad company without the "white demons" finding out?

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

3. Compare and contrast the tales that Kingston makes up about how her father gets to America.

4. Explain the cause for the children's confusion and its effects on the characters in "On Fathers."

5. Describe how the author uses personification in "The Great Grandfather from the Sandalwood Mountains." Give examples from the text.

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

7. Why would Tang beg to have the bandages replaced tightly after having the them removed from his feet?

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

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

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

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

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

Study the immigration laws currently on the books in the United States. Compare them to "The Laws" the author describes in that chapter. Verify the accuracy of the laws Kingston describes. Note that some of the laws address California immigration, and others were passed by the federal government. How have the laws changed since Kingston wrote this novel in 1977? Do you think the changes have been positive or negative? How do the modern laws affect different people?

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