Tai-Pan Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Whose proposal of marriage does Mary Sinclair accept?

2. Who wins the ball gown contest?

3. The emperor offers Wu Fang Choi mandarinates if he attacks what?

4. What ship did Dirk and Brock both work on as teenagers?

5. What does Robb say Dirk and Brock's hatred will do to them in the end?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the merchants think they will be attacked when they are at the Canton settlement?

2. What does Dirk believe he will be able to do if he gets the trade monopoly in Russia?

3. Why is the note that Longstaff asks to have translated into Chinese puzzling to Horatio and Glessing?

4. Why does Brock plan to replace his clipper ships with steam-powered ships?

5. After finding May-may dressed in a ball gown with her hair styled like an English woman's, what does Dirk do to restore her dignity?

6. Why doesn't Dirk want to move their operations out of Happy Valley?

7. Why does Brock panic when Dirk pays his debt to Brock in silver?

8. As Zergeyev is judging the gown contest, why does he try to find out who Dirk favors?

9. When Brock is dressing for the ball, what does he try to hide from Liza?

10. How does Dirk feel about the way Culum solves the problem of the knoll?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the importance of honor in Chinese society? What role do honor and dignity play in Tai-Pan? How are they portrayed? Who shows honor and/or dignity? How?

Essay Topic 2

Why is the marriage of Tess and Culum so important to both Dirk and Brock? What do each of them stand to gain by either ensuring the marriage happens or preventing it from happening until a specific time? What effect does the marriage ultimately have on the two houses?

Essay Topic 3

What examples of marriage are portrayed in Tai-Pan? What seems to be the overall view of marriage based on these examples? Does the author use marriages with a purpose in mind? What is the purpose?

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