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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. Which two islands does Kingston suggest her father had gone to before entering America?

2. Which details from the text imply that Father is a successful business man?

3. How does great grandfather Bak Goong break the rules of silence while working in Sandalwood Mountain?

4. How do the women manage to capture Tang Ao?

5. What is an immortal?

Short Essay Questions

1. Create a dictionary using words from the chapter, "The Li Sao: An Elegy." Choose words that readers will need to have knowledge of in order to understand the story. Create a display using words that fit the theme of the folktale, such as phoenix, mourned, epic, elegy, lament, sorrow, estrangement, incorruptible, entwined, requiem, warmongers, etc.

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

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

4. What evidence in "The Wild Man of the Green Swamp" is there that shows the Wild Man's ingenuity?

5. What does Lo Bun Sun's constant work and preparation suggest about his character?

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

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

8. Describe the basis of the queue tax.

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

10. How does the Wild Man end up in a Tampa Hospital for the insane? Tell what happens once he is there.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Consider the times in China Men when the characters sing. Singing appears in many of the Chinese traditions to which Kingston exposes her readers. Find references throughout the novel, and describe the singing experience of the characters. Then use the examples to draw conclusions about why singing is part of life for so many Chinese. Explain what purpose the singing serves in each example.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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