Daughter of Fortune Test | Mid-Book 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. Where has gold been discovered?

2. What does Paulina's mother take as a gift to the women of Iglesia de la Matriz?

3. What does Tao Chi'en give to Eliza to help her hide her identity?

4. How does Eliza let Joaquin know where and when to meet her?

5. Who is determined that Eliza will enroll in Madame Colbert's school?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mama Fresia find out that Eliza is seeing Joaquin?

2. Why does Paulina want John to be the captain of her steamship?

3. How does Jacob react when John tells him that Eliza has run off in search of her lover?

4. Do you think Eliza truly feels like she is part of the Sommers family?

5. What is Eliza's reputation like at the brothel?

6. What does Rose Sommers think about Joaquin at first, and then upon a second look?

7. Describe the kind of wife Tao Chi'en is looking for.

8. Do Eliza and Joaquin logically make a good pair?

9. Overall, how are women fairing in California?

10. What does Tao Chi'en learn about happiness from his second owner, the zhong yi?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, characters often do favors for each other, and most of these characters are reciprocated in some way for their generosity, either by the person they helped or some other person or force. Choose three instances where favors are done and explain how these favors are repaid. What do you think Allende is saying about favors and payback?

Essay Topic 2

Eliza has two clashing worlds influencing her as she grows up: the world of proper English people and the world of Chilean poverty. Which lifestyle does she seem to enjoy more? How does each lifestyle shape the woman she grows up to be? Use specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of Lin's ghost? How does she help to move the plot along? What does she represent for Tao Chi'en?

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