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. As they are standing in the square waiting for Ti-sen to be sentenced, whom does Dirk stop from talking to the crowd?

2. What do Dirk and Culum press Brock to grant Culum?

3. Which European woman is pregnant with a Chinese child?

4. With whom does May-may want Dirk to consult about the house he is building?

5. When Dirk first visits the settlement, who sends a messenger requesting to see him immediately?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After May-may begins to recover from malaria, what does she tell Dirk she will do if he goes back to Hong Kong without her?

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

4. How does Gordon Chen build up the Hung Mun in Hong Kong?

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

6. How does Longstaff plan to break into China's tea monopoly?

7. During the storm, how does one of Dirk's sailors die?

8. Why does Richard Crosse go by the name Roger Blore?

9. Why do Liza and Tess sail to Macao together?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The rivalry between Dirk and Brock is enormous and is responsible for much of the action in the book. Why are these two characters such bitter rivals? What led to their current relationship and how does their relationship affect their companies and families?

Essay Topic 2

Gordon Chen is Dirk's son just as Culum is, yet he isn't even considered as an heir for The Noble House. Why? What is different about Gordon Chen in comparison to Culum that makes him a poor choice for the future tai pan?

Essay Topic 3

Dirk Straun is the hero of this story. What does it mean to be a hero? How does Dirk fit the definition of a hero? What are some of his heroic acts?

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