Tai-Pan Test | Final 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. What does May-may buy Dirk for his birthday?

2. The bishop sends word to Dirk saying there may be cinchona bark at a mission where?

3. Who does Dirk sail to Aberdeen to meet at midnight?

4. When Dirk returns from the English Club following the duel challenge, who is waiting for him at his home?

5. According to the documents in the briefcase, who will be in position to take control of China in five years?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Dirk lie to Brock about Tess and Culum being poxed?

2. How is the White Witch damaged in Chapter 45?

3. Why does Wu Kwok have Scragger killed?

4. Why does Whalen send Monsey to Hong Kong to tell Longstaff he must leave?

5. At the end of the book, why does Gordon Chen think The Noble House is dead?

6. In Chapter 49, why does Zergeyev think the Russians will now be able to dominate China?

7. Why does Dirk think the bishop might have cinchona bark?

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

9. In Chapter 41, why does Culum tell Liza she cannot take Tess back to her home?

10. How will Dirk and the others know when the eye of the storm is centered over Hong Kong?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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