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

2. What does Kingston hear from her schoolmates that makes her long to be normal?

3. After Captain Carroll rescues the China Men from being adrift in the sea, where do the China Men ask the Captain to take them?

4. In the second telling of the Driving Out in Alaska, what do returning China Men do to get back to their homes and their jobs?

5. What does it finally take to capture the Wild Man of the Green Swamp?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Father after the Gambling House is closed permanently? How does Father recover?

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

3. Describe the relationship between Lo Bun Sun and Sing Kay Ng.

4. Explain the irony of the mandarins requesting more ships in the story the Filipino scholar tells in "On Listening."

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

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

7. 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)!"

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

9. 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.

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Analyze the context in which Kingston addresses immortality in China Men. Do the Chinese men in China associate the Gold Mountain with immortality? Explain your answer in detail, citing quotes from specific chapters in China Men. Use other sources to find examples of man's search for or dream of achieving immortality. Are they consistent with Kingston's references in China Men?

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