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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the peasant pay Mr. Gong in exchange for helping his feverish son?
(a) Rice.
(b) Noodles.
(c) Eggs.
(d) Fish.

2. What did Old Sheep usually like to talk about with Salzman after she greeted him in the morning?
(a) Her health.
(b) Gossip.
(c) His family.
(d) Economics.

3. What was the topic of the lecture Salzman gave to the doctors and teachers shortly after he arrived in Changsha?
(a) E.T.
(b) Dynamics of martial arts.
(c) Western culture.
(d) American cuisine.

4. Why did the musicians leave the stage halfway through a performance of a mouth harp piece?
(a) The audience was talking, walking around, and spitting loudly.
(b) The curtain dropped unexpectedly.
(c) Musician got sick suddenly.
(d) The audience left.

5. What word did Mr. Gong use to describe his youngest son at the end of "Myopia"?
(a) Stubborn.
(b) Mean.
(c) Foolish.
(d) Talented.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Salzman make to try and cheer up Mr. Gong's son when his parents were chastising him about doing a better job of learning?

2. Why did Salzman dislike riding the buses in Changsha?

3. What is a xiuxi?

4. What nickname did Salzman give Hai Bin?

5. What did a Chinese-style breakfast consist of that Salzman ate when he traveled by train to South Central China?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the martial artist Pan.

2. Describe the contrasting ambitions of Hai Bin and Salzman.

3. What was the audience's behavior like during the performance of the Congolese entertainers?

4. What story did Teacher Zhu tell the class about his most joyous memory?

5. Why did Pan and Salzman spend the first few weeks of lessons staring at each other?

6. What kind of response did Salzman get from the class when they discuss World War II?

7. Describe the Hunan Theater.

8. What was Master Zheng's specialty as a Wudang teacher?

9. What difficulties did Salzman and his friends have with the China Travel Service while in Canton?

10. Who was Old Yang?

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