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 does the blind fortune teller predict will happen to Kingston's San Francisco Aunt over her lifetime?

2. Why does Great Aunt get herself smuggled into Hong Kong?

3. For what does the doctor at the jail treat the Wild Man?

4. What drives the Wild Man to hysterics while he is in the jail?

5. In what year is the birthday party for the 106-year-old man held in Hawaii?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Compare and contrast Uncle Bun's beliefs about the benefits of communism and his dreams of a Communist World and Father's political beliefs.

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

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

5. 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?

6. Explain why members of the freighter's crew try to send their shipmate to China and describe the Wild Man's response at the airport.

7. Describe the relationship between Father and the owner of the Gambling House.

8. 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.

9. 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?

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

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

Identify the Four Most Valuable Things according to Chinese tradition. Tell why the Chinese valued these things. Cite examples from China Men that illustrate why these items are called the Four Most Valuable Things. Think about four valuable things in modern society. What things would you list as most valuable? How are they similar to and different from the Chinese traditional Four Most Valuable Things?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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