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Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "Urania: Astronomy," how does the narrator describe a syringe?
(a) An instrument of violence.
(b) A cold, sterile medical implement.
(c) A foreign invader.
(d) An empty body waiting to be filled.

2. What color is the fluid that emerges during the medical procedure in "Urania: Astronomy"?
(a) Red.
(b) Brown.
(c) Near-black.
(d) Yellow.

3. Upon receiving citizenship in the U.S., what document does Mother receive?
(a) A certificate.
(b) A U.S. Passport.
(c) An identification badge.
(d) She receives no documents.

4. What does the narrator bite in "Urania: Astronomy"?
(a) The tongue.
(b) The arm.
(c) The finger.
(d) The lip.

5. In the "Urania: Astronomy" section, what is the purpose of exhalation?
(a) To express affirmation.
(b) To express grief.
(c) To express guilt.
(d) To express frustration.

6. What does the map at the beginning of "Melpomene: Tragedy" indicate?
(a) The division between North and South Korea.
(b) The land taken by Japan.
(c) The area of Manchuria to which Mother fled.
(d) The land of Korea left after the Japanese occupation.

7. What ritual occurs in the Opening?
(a) Last rites.
(b) Confirmation.
(c) Baptism.
(d) Communion.

8. How many provinces was France formerly divided into?
(a) 23.
(b) 36.
(c) 18.
(d) 32.

9. On what date does the narrator write her mother from Seoul?
(a) April 25.
(b) June 25.
(c) June 19.
(d) April 19.

10. In "Melpomene: Tragedy," why are students shot during the demonstration?
(a) For shouting violent insults.
(b) For joining the Japanese troops.
(c) For throwing rocks at the soldiers.
(d) For wearing school uniforms.

11. How many years of history were lost during the Japanese occupation?
(a) 36.
(b) 18.
(c) 1,000.
(d) 5,000.

12. In "Urania: Astronomy," Cha creates an elaborate pun on which of the following words?
(a) Respiration.
(b) Diminish.
(c) Demonstration.
(d) Circulation.

13. Which one does the narrator NOT describe in "Urania: Astronomy"?
(a) Tongue.
(b) Throat.
(c) Teeth.
(d) Lung.

14. When does Mother take the train home?
(a) September.
(b) March.
(c) February.
(d) June.

15. According to the anonymous narrator in "Clio: History," without which of the following can there be no people?
(a) A leader.
(b) A language.
(c) An anthem.
(d) A nation or an ancestry.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Melpomene: Tragedy," what does the phrase "nation against nation multiplied nations against nations against themselves" refer to?

2. Who does the narrator fetch to persuade her brother not to participate in the demonstration?

3. What part of Mother's being is trapped in Korea?

4. During the Japanese occupation, what edict came out regarding men's grooming?

5. In "Urania: Astronomy," where does the nurse begin her procedure?

(see the answer keys)

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