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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 happens in Wuchang?
2. What does Andrea badly miss about China?
3. What amazed Jean about stepping foot in America?
4. How does Jean's mother get to the river?
5. Who are Margaret, Isobel and Nancy?
Short Essay Questions
1. When did Jean feel she was finally in America and what did she do for the occasion?
2. Why did Mr. and Mrs. Hu come over to Jean's house?
3. What happened when Jean's family encountered Communist coolies?
4. 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?
5. What amazed Jean about getting into America and why?
6. What did Jean and Andrea do on the ship to San Francisco?
7. Why was there a possibility the family would not leave for America when scheduled?
8. How did Jean feel and think about the war in China?
9. Where did Communist soldiers attack and what did Jean's family do in response to that attack?
10. Why did Jean decide the cook was not so bad?
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
Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:
1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Jean Fitz.
2. What in Fitz's background may have helped her in writing Homesick? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?
3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her books? Why or why not? Give examples.
Essay Topic 3
Jean was confused about the war raging in China. In the history books, usually wars seemed to involve a good guy and a bad guy. But the war in China featured multiple sides--local warlords, the Communist faction, the Nationalist faction--and it just seemed untidy and confusing.
1. Do you think there is always a well defined good side and bad side in a war? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your essay.
2. Jean felt the war in China was confusing because of the multiple sides. Discuss the idea that war of any kind would be confusing for a ten year old child. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your essay.
3. How do you think history books might change the facts in a war when writing about that war later? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your essay.
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