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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 part of Tang Ao's wardrobe is shaped like a bridge?

2. What is the last thing the women do to prepare Tang to meet the queen?

3. What is the consequence of Tu Tzu-chun failing the monk's test?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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