Life and Death in Shanghai Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Nien Cheng
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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. How did Cheng get to and from the struggle meeting for lunch on July 4, 1966?

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

3. What time was Cheng left along in her cell at No. 1 Detention House?

4. In what year did Beijing publish the official propaganda line that the Kuomintang were about to launch an attack?

5. What direction did Cheng's cell face at No. 1 Detention House?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was evidence manufactured against Liu Shaoqi?

2. What damage did Xiao Xu, a schoolteacher friend of Meiping's, report that the Red Guards were perpetrating in Shanghai?

3. During a meeting at the technical school in March 1969, why did Cheng laugh when Tao gave a confession?

4. How had Cheng been able to get books from a bookshop in London?

5. After the Cultural Revolution was launched, why did Cheng decide not to apply for a travel permit to Hong Kong?

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

7. Why did Cheng think the United States trained doctor was working in the prison hospital?

8. Why did Xiao Xu tell Cheng that she and Meiping should flee to Hong Kong?

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

10. Describe Cheng's cell at No. 1 Detention House.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast how the guards felt when Cheng received extra food and vitamins. Use examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Da De sad that people were not free agents and that good people were sometimes forced to do bad things. Using examples from the book, explain why in China people were not free agents and why they were forced to do bad things.

Essay Topic 3

Hean's mother told Cheng that "we can't always be our true selves." Discuss why it was not possible for Hean's mother, for Cheng, or for others to be their true selves living in China.

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