China Men Test | Final 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. What happens that begins Father's most dismal time in "The American Father"?

2. Who travels to Alaska during the Driving Out to help end the violence?

3. Which of the following is not something Sao does at his mother's grave?

4. What is Ch'u Yuan looking for as he seeks another like him in the world?

5. What does Kingston realize about men at Great Uncle Kau's funeral?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare the Alaskan Driving Out with the California Driving Out of China Men.

2. At the end of the story about Kau and Great Aunt, Kingston writes that the Great Aunt's return to Red China is a clue that the country of their heritage is not as bad as the stories imply. What does this reveal to the reader about the narrator and her understanding of Communist China?

3. Why does the author suggest that instead of the Driving Out in Alaska taking place twice that it could be the same story but with the dates mixed up?

4. What is the significance of the last line in "The Hundred-Year-Old Man"?

5. How does Kingston give the reader information about the Communist Revolution and the later wars? Include details about her brother's experience in the Navy as a pacifist.

6. Analyze Kingston's narrative about Uncle Kau Goong and his elderly wife. Explain why Great Aunt goes to Hong Kong and then back to China. Describe Uncle Kau's response to Great Aunt's pleas to be together again. Students might suggest the importance of Kau's final words on the subject: "We belong here (America)!"

7. Describe the experience of the AJA's (Americans of Japanese Ancestry) during World War II, using only details from Kingston's retelling of her memories and the stories she heard as a child.

8. Explain why the Hundred-Year-Old Man's answer about how to stop the war in Vietnam is so simple.

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

10. What is the significance of Kingston's modern Auntie's marriage to I Fu?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Note instances in China Men when Kingston relates events about her Father having nightmares. Identify the family's situation at the time Father is having nightmares. Consider the reasons MaMa gives for Father awakening screaming in the middle of the night. How are the children affected by Father's nightmares? What do the children think is the cause of their Father's bad dreams? What is your opinion about the cause and effects of Father's nightmares?

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