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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. When the fish-and-game wardens and sheriff deputies use dogs to search for the Wild Man, why is their search so short?

2. What word best describes the meaning of Ch'u Yuan's name?

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

4. Which act shows that the mandarins are confident that they will find gold?

5. Why was Ch'u Yuan banished from the Center and from the Royal Court?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Compare and contrast grandfather Ah Goong's experiences during the Driving Out with those that took place in Alaska according to Kingston's narrative.

3. 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?

4. What does Kingston mean at the end of "Alaska China Men" when she writes, ". . . perhaps any China Man was China Joe"?

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

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

8. Summarize Kingston's childhood account of seeing a "Wild Man" every day when she and her sister walked to school.

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

10. What does Lo Bun Sun's constant work and preparation suggest about his character?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify times in Kingston's novel, China Men, when a character's expectations about Gold Mountain are not met. Compare and contrast characters' expectations with the reality they experience in America. Consider the plight of the Sojourners. Why do so many return to China? Why do some stay in America, leaving their families behind in a hostile China?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Identify the folktales Kingston uses throughout China Men. For each one, describe how it is used to move along the plot in Kingston's novel. Study the Table of Contents to see where and how often the alternative genre is used. Do the tales foreshadow upcoming events? Do the fantasy stories serve to illustrate key points the author is trying to convey? Display your responses in a creative way that connects the ideas and patterns you discovered.

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