Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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.
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.
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?
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.
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