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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. Why would the woman in "The Ghostmate" ask the young man to make her shoes?

2. The seer does not disturb the spirits in the clouds in "On Mortality Again" __________________________.

3. What is the Chinaman's hat in "The Great Grandfather of the Sandalwood Mountains"?

4. What culture is the character Maui from in "On Mortality Again"?

5. From what point of view is "On Fathers" written?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain the progression of laws that at first limited Chinese family members from entering the U.S. to the laws that allowed them entry whether the quota had been met or not.

4. Describe the basis of the queue tax.

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Re-read the first two pages of Chapter 5, "The Great Grandfather of the Sandalwood Mountains." Summarize what happens when Kingston sends a distant cousin money for a bike. Kingston shows uncertainty regarding her decision not to send more money. Describe her reasons for the precaution she takes not to place her family in China any troubles.

Use this summary as a springboard to a longer essay regarding why Sojourners were expected to send money home to their Chinese wives and families. Why was this practice necessary? Does it stop at anytime during the time covered in Kingston's novel?

Essay Topic 2

Kingston provides several examples of the use of the color red by Chinese. What does the color red symbolize for Chinese people? In what ways do Chinese people integrate the color red into their lives?

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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