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Tai-Pan Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 4, who is Dirk waiting to see in Canton?



2. What is Alexi Zergeyev's title?



3. Who greets Dirk while the men are unloading the barrels in Chapter 12?



4. In Chapter 3, how much time does Dirk have to save his trading company?



5. What signals the beginning of the evening of festivities?



Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Dirk think Culum should spend more time with Jeff Cooper.



2. In Chapter 47, why does Dirk move May-may and the others to his factory in Happy Valley?



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



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



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



6. Why isn't Sarah able to attend Dirk's ball?



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



8. What does May-may say will happen to Yin-hsi if Dirk sends her away?



9. 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?



10. According to Culum, how did Dirk use him and Tess?



Essay Topics

How does the setting, both physical and historical, affect the plot of Tai-Pan? What is the importance of picking this specific time in history to set the novel in? Could the story have worked in a different historical setting? Why or why not?

How does Tyler Brock fit the role of antagonist in this novel? Is he the only antagonist? If so, why? If not, who else can be seen as an antagonist and why?

At the beginning of the novel, what is the financial situation of The Noble House? How did the company get into this situation? What is the deal between Jin-qua and Dirk and why is it necessary in saving The Noble House?

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