Homesick Test | Final Test - Hard

Guy Vanderhaeghe
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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 did Jean and her mother do while her father changed the flat tire?

2. How do Jean and Andrea categorize people?

3. What do Jean and her mom hate about the animals Mrs. Gale brings?

4. How long was Lin Nai-Nai under siege?

5. When did Jean think she would really feel she was in America?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why did the travel to America feel strange to Jean and what did she think about when they crossed the international date line?

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

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

5. When did Jean feel she was finally in America and what did she do for the occasion?

6. What news did Jean's father bring in Chapter 5 and what does Jean and her mother have to do? How is Jean's parting with Nai-Nai?

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

8. How was Jean schooled after her school closed and what did she learn?

9. What did Jean and Andrea do on the ship to San Francisco?

10. What was Jean's favorite part of their trip across the country?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Chinese revolution continued to gain momentum, with everyone from students to coolies organizing labor strikes. Jean's father, as the head of the YMCA, strove to remain apolitical and just help people in need whatever the circumstances. Riots began to erupt across the city. Jean's father was part of the riot guard, so he would have to go out and help quell riots. Jean and her mother spent a very tense night one night in their home listening to screams and other sounds of violence outside. But Jean's father got home okay.

1. Why do you think the communist way of life looked good to the poor in China? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your essay.

2. Do you think it was immoral for Mr. Guttery to help people on both sides of the conflict? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your essay.

3. Discuss how you think you might have felt in Jean's situation waiting for your father to come home from stopping riots. 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

Jean was unhappy with her name and wished she had been named Marjorie, as it sounded more American to her, and she dreamed of doing things in America she couldn't do in China. Jean asked her mother to give her a new name as a Christmas present, but Mom dismissed the idea as ridiculous. Jean felt that "goodness" (as in, being a good girl) did not come naturally to her. In letters to her Grandma, Jean confessed that sometimes she didn't even try to be good.

1. Do you think any child unhappy with the name her/his parents give him/her should be able to change it with or without parental permission? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your essay.

2. Do you think being "good" comes natural to most children? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your essay.

3. What type of character traits might be demonstrated by the fact that Jean sometimes did not try to be good? Discuss both the positive and negative traits. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your essay.

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