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. Who gave Cheng a cup of hot water during Cheng's second winter at the detention house when she had a bad cold?

2. Where did Cheng and her husband meet?

3. Who accompanied Cheng to the hospital in Chapter 9?

4. By the winter of 1967, how many times a day did everyone have to read from Mao's book of quotations?

5. How often were prisoners allowed a hot shower at No. 1 Detention House?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did the Red Guards do to Cheng's store cupboard when they looted her house?

2. Why didn't Cheng go to Hong Kong when Shell applied to close the office in 1965?

3. How did Cheng gain a moral advantage over her interrogator and reinforce her self-confidence?

4. How did Lao-zhao get information to Cheng?

5. What did Cheng see from the window of Meiping's room during the looting by the Red Guards?

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. 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?

8. What was Cheng's job at the Shell Petroleum Company?

9. What were some of prison regulations at No. 1 Detention House?

10. How was evidence manufactured against Liu Shaoqi?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using examples from the book, discuss why Cheng had mixed emotions about leaving China.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

In 1969, Cheng notes that the people taking part in parades organized to celebrate the conclusion of the Ninth Party Congress were very different from the excited crowds of three years ago. Compare and contrast the actions and attitudes of the people in the street in 1969 to those in the streets in 1966.

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