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Karin Evans
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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 is it called when the parents' dossiers are matched with a Chinese child?
(a) A contract.
(b) An intervention.
(c) A referral.
(d) An application.

2. What is a "shengyu zheng"?
(a) A marriage license.
(b) An adoption decree.
(c) A birth certificate.
(d) A birth permission paper.

3. What is the meaning of "Xiao," the first part of all the little girls' names?
(a) Education.
(b) Jade.
(c) Little.
(d) River.

4. What are the "baiji"?
(a) White cranes.
(b) White dolphins.
(c) White whales.
(d) White goats.

5. Who is Mei Li?
(a) The head of the orphanage.
(b) Their baby's birth mother.
(c) Their new baby.
(d) An old friend of Karin's.

Short Answer Questions

1. What American icon does Karin see painted on trashcans in Guanzhou?

2. What character does Mark name as his ideal father?

3. What human tie does Evans call one of the deepest possible?

4. What does the author say the book is for her daughter?

5. What is the popular name of legendary heroine Fa Mu Lan?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is, in Evans' mind, the most important finding to come out of a study on infant abandonment in China?

2. Why are girls expected to feel lucky just to be alive, particularly during the hardest times?

3. Describe Karin and Mark's first moments with their daughter.

4. Describe the traffic in Guanzhou at night.

5. What does Karin mention about the Cantonese people?

6. What are some of the effects of the "one-child policy" on baby girls?

7. How do Karin and Mark feel about the rest of their group?

8. What does Karin find in the middle of the night that is symbolic of her search for clues about her daughter's birth mother?

9. What is the ancient Chinese proverb that Evans references?

10. What are some of the circumstances that have created such a large amount of Chinese baby girls in orphanages?

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