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. According to Captain Orlov, who will have blood on his hands when he becomes tai-pan.

2. What does Dirk insist Culum begin to do regularly?

3. Who instructs Gordon Chen to do whatever May-may wants?

4. What do Sarah and Robb argue about before the ball?

5. According to Robb, what must arrive in London to keep him and Dirk out of financial trouble?

Short Essay Questions

1. If Dirk is unable to save his company, what will become of Brock and why does the outcome bother Dirk?

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

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

4. Why does Dirk view Hong Kong as a valuable prize?

5. Why does Dirk oppose Longstaff's idea of evacuating Happy Valley?

6. Who are the three people that Dirk must send to England to receive an English education.

7. What does Wu Fang Choi request from Dirk when he presents his half coin?

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

9. What are the stakes in the wager that Dirk and Zergeyev make on the prize fight?

10. Why does May-may think Tess and Culum should marry as quickly as possible?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do Dirk and Brock decide to form their uneasy truce? What leads to the truce? Why is it important for these two characters to come to some sort of understanding? What might have happened if they had not called a truce?

Essay Topic 2

What views of women are presented in this book? How do May-may, Mary Sinclair, Liza, and Tess represent those views?

Essay Topic 3

There are several instances of symbolism in Tai-Pan, such as the half coins and the relationship between Dirk and May-may. Discuss the presence of symbolism in the novel, including what the symbols are and what they stand for.

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