Homesick 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 fear of Jean's was subsiding as the days passed?

2. What did Jean and Andrea do at night on the ship?

3. Who yells about the Americans being foreign devils?

4. Who will take and care for Kurry the cat?

5. What makes Jean think Yang Sze-Fu was not too bad?

Short Essay Questions

1. What felt like an adventure for Jean's father on the trip to Pennsylvania and how did Jean and her mother feel about his action?

2. Where did Communist soldiers attack and what did Jean's family do in response to that attack?

3. How did Jean and her mother leave Hankow, who went with them and why did this upset Jean and her mother? What did they see when they arrived at the dock?

4. Why did Mr. and Mrs. Hu come over to Jean's house?

5. Where did the ship stop on the way to San Francisco and how did Jean feel about the place and why?

6. How did Jean feel and think about the war in China?

7. What amazed Jean about getting into America and why?

8. Who did Jean see when they arrived in Shanghai and how did she seem to Jean? On what ship would they sail to America?

9. How long did Jean and her mother stay at the Hulls' house and why did Jean like it there?

10. Why did Jean decide the cook was not so bad?

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

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Homesick help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Homesick? Why or why not?

3. Choose one specific incident in Homesick to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Homesick". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of compassion in "Homesick". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in "Homesick". Consider the death of Miriam and the civilians in the war. Consider also in your answer the death of innocence in Jean from the beginning of the book to the end.

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