Life and Death in Shanghai Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Nien Cheng
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Essay Topic 1

Using examples from the book, discuss Meiping's attitude toward the challenges she experienced growing up in Communist China, especially since she was from a non-working class family.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss why Mr. Hu advises Cheng to never give a false confession. Use examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Several times during her imprisonment, Cheng determined that she must stay alive. Using examples from the book, discuss the reasons why Cheng felt that she must stay alive.

Essay Topic 4

Confucious said that "A compassionate heart is possessed by every human being." Using examples from the book, discuss whether Cheng found that quotation to be true during the Cultural Revolution.

Essay Topic 5

Argue whether the overall mood of the book is optimistic or pessimistic. Use examples from the book to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 6

Mao believed in learning to swim by swimming. Discuss what Mao meant by...

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