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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. When Dirk returns home after the ball, who is waiting for him in his living room?
2. According to Captain Orlov, who will have blood on his hands when he becomes tai-pan.
3. Who wins the ball gown contest?
4. Who is kept busy painting portraits of Robb's children?
5. In Chapter 4, who is Dirk waiting to see in Canton?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Brock know about Dirk's financial problems?
2. Why does Dirk oppose Longstaff's idea of evacuating Happy Valley?
3. 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?
4. Why does Dirk view Hong Kong as a valuable prize?
5. How does Gordon Chen build up the Hung Mun in Hong Kong?
6. What is Dirk's reason for firing Captain Perry?
7. As Zergeyev is judging the gown contest, why does he try to find out who Dirk favors?
8. Who are the three people that Dirk must send to England to receive an English education.
9. Why do Liza and Tess sail to Macao together?
10. Why is Dirk surprised to see Wu Fang Choi's ship in Hong Kong waters?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Dirk takes many calculated risks throughout the course of the novel. What are the risks he takes? Are his risks wise or foolish? In other words, does Dirk succeed through luck or through shrewd business sense? Why?
Essay Topic 2
How are the relationships between parents and their children represented in this novel? Do the relationships seem healthy? Why or why not? Are there differences between the ways sons and daughters are treated? If so, what are they?
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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