Homesick 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. What were students and coolies doing about the Chinese revolution?

2. What does Jean think the kind of lifestyle the Hullses have would promote?

3. How do the Hullses sometimes appear in their home?

4. What river borders the city where Jean lives in China?

5. What does Jean's mother declare after hearing her reason for skipping school?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the family get to Kuling and what did Jean dread?

2. What happened to Jean's mother on vacation?

3. How old is Jean when the story begins, where does she live and how does she feel about living there?

4. What school did Jean attend and what did the children in that school do that Jean refused to do?

5. How was the revolution going by Chapter 3 and what did Jean's father attempt to do about it?

6. How did Jean travel to the Hull's house and how did she feel about her form of transportation?

7. What kind of arrangement did Jean and Nai-Nai have?

8. What game did Millie seem to like and why and what happened when they played? What was Mr. Hulls' response?

9. What happened when Jean was accosted at recess by a boy?

10. What shocked Jean about her father's plans for summer vacation and how did she respond to his announcement?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jean herself had a strange "in-between" feeling, between countries and between cultures. A big moment for her was the ship's crossing of the international date line, when the day changes. She knew that crossing meant she was in a different "day" than Lin Nai-Nai, but the same day as her Grandma in America.

1. Why do you think Jean was feeling "in-between" on the ship? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your essay.

2. How do you think Jean's thoughts on Nai-Nai's day as opposed to her grandmother's day affected her emotionally? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your essay.

3. What are some of the positive and negative aspects for a child, of living in more than one culture. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your essay.

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Jean and Andrea. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Mr. Hull and Mr. Guttery. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Homesick help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Ruth and Marie were cruel and taunting about Jean, or "The China Girl" as they called her, asking if she ate strange things like rats and nests in China. They also asked her to speak Chinese--Jean took the opportunity to deliver insults to them--and the girls laughed at the funny-sounding language. A boy named Andrew whispered a racist rhyme in Jean's ear, calling Chinese people "Chinks" and "Chinamen," and Jean got up and yelled at the boy about how improper those names were.

1. Why do you think Ruth and Marie were so cruel to Jean? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your essay.

2. Do you think Ruth and Marie's reaction to Jean is a typical reaction of children that age? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your essay.

3. Do you think incidences like Jean's encounter with Ruth and Marie and Andrew would be less likely to occur in the present time with so much cultural contact on the internet? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your essay.

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