Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What kind of honor was Ji Li given at the beginning of the book?

At the beginning of the book, Ji Li was given the honor of being offered a chance to audition for a dance group held at the Central Liberation Army Arts Academy.

2. Why did Ji Li turn down the honor given her at the beginning of the book?

Ji Li passed on the opportunity to audition for a spot in the Central Liberation Army Arts Academy dance training program because her father said they would get a political investigation on their family, and they would not be able to pass the investigation.

3. What was the meaning of Ji Li's name?

Ji Li meant luck and beautiful because her parents wanted her to be the happiest girl in the whole world.

4. What was Ji Li's living situation at the beginning of the book?

At the beginning of the book, Ji Li's family lived in a big building in Shanghai and their Fourth Aunt and some cousins live in the same building along with a housekeeper. Ji Li's immediate family lived in one large room with a large private bath.

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