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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 result of the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act?

2. Which best describes the setting of "On Fathers"?

3. What action does Maui take that tells the reader where Hina sleeps?

4. What finally makes Tu Tzu-chun break his silence?

5. What is happening on the East Coast at the same time as the Central Pacific is forging through the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the West?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Explain how prior knowledge or a similar experience can help a reader understand the events that occur in "On Fathers."

6. Explain the Fair Share Refugee Act of 1960.

7. Describe the basis of the queue tax.

8. Describe the tenets of the philosophy of living multiple lives until you learn an important lesson.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how Kingston's Father is different from his brothers. Describe the causes and effects of several events which occurred during Father's life. How did Father's position of favoritism by his mother and repugnance by his father ultimately affect Kingston's Father? Support your conclusions with details from the text or with personal experiences.

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

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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