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Nien Cheng
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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. Where was Cheng kicked when she tried to stop a young man from breaking some of her collection when the Red Guards were in her home?
(a) Hip.
(b) Arm.
(c) Back.
(d) Chest.

2. Who gave Cheng a cup of hot water during Cheng's second winter at the detention house when she had a bad cold?
(a) A former female interrogator.
(b) Her former interrogator.
(c) A Labor Reform worker.
(d) A guard.

3. What does Cheng say that her collection may be worth when the Red Guards are looting her home?
(a) A million yuan.
(b) Ten thousand yuan.
(c) One hundred thousand yuan.
(d) A thousan yuan.

4. What type of flowers were in a Qjanlong vase on Cheng's desk?
(a) Daisies.
(b) Carnations.
(c) Tulips.
(d) Roses.

5. When did Cheng meet up with Xiao Xu again in Hong Kong?
(a) 1985.
(b) 1977.
(c) 1980.
(d) 1982.

Short Answer Questions

1. In August of 1968, what gift did Mao send to workers at Qinghua University?

2. In 1956, where did Cheng and her husband visit offices of Shell Corporation?

3. What did Cheng use to make an eye shade to cover her eyes at night?

4. What was the real source of news for the Chinese people?

5. What book did Cheng take with her when she went to let the Red Guard into her home?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Xiao Xu escape to Hong Kong?

2. What nightmare did Cheng have in Chapter 6?

3. Why did the overthrow of the Shanghai municipal government by the radicals shatter any hope Cheng had of a quick solution to her predicament?

4. What did going to prison mean in Mao Zedong's China?

5. What did Mr. Hu say about Communist Party officials and an inferiority complex?

6. How were the inmates' sheets laundered at No. 1 Detention House?

7. How did the bout of pneumonia that Cheng suffered in the winter of 1967 lead to her rapid physical deterioration?

8. Why did Li Zhen commit suicide?

9. What did a Red Guard do when Cheng told him it was against the Constitution of the People's Republic to enter a private home without a search warrant?

10. What advice did Mr. Hu come to give Cheng in Chapter 2?

(see the answer keys)

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