The Lost Daughters of China Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Karin Evans
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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. What is the title of the British documentary about Chinese orphanages?

2. What is printed on the T-shirt Kelly wore from the orphanage?

3. In Adeline Yen Mah's memoir, what does she call a cheap commodity in China?

4. What is the meaning of "Xiao," the first part of all the little girls' names?

5. What unusual circumstances involving Chinese adoption exists in one Southern family?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the phrase, "Heavy pressures that are difficult to explain"?

2. What do the families have to do on Shamian Island?

3. Describe the card Karin and Mark receive from the orphanage where Kelly lived.

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

5. What is the practical side of the Confucian family system that so heavily favors sons?

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

7. What are working conditions like in China?

8. What kind of information is given to prospective parents after they are matched with a Chinese baby?

9. What kinds of things are in Karin's "shrine"?

10. Why does Evans write this book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Please discuss at least two issues that are brewing in China at least in part due to the one-child policy and all of the lost daughters.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of this quote by Confucius: "People's original natures are nearly the same. But due to different educations and environments, they grow further and further apart." What does he mean? Is this statement supported or refuted by the author?

Essay Topic 3

How does the Chinese story "The Lost Mare" relate to Karin and Mark's adoption process? What other "signs" does Karin see as being related to her situation?

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