The Clay Marble: And Related Readings Test | Final Test - Hard

Minfong Ho
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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 kind of personality does the cook have?

2. What does Dara see in the fading sunlight on her way back to the campsite?

3. In what kind of tree was the skylark perched when Dara heard it sing?

4. How is Khao I Dang different from Nong Chan?

5. When is the next distribution of milled rice supposed to take place according to the cook?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dara do in Chapter 13 to prepare for the trip home to Siem Reap?

2. Who do they meet in the hospital when they find Jantu and her baby brother?

3. Where does the cook take Dara on the second afternoon and what does she have to do?

4. Where do they sleep the first night in the forest?

5. When does Chnay finally show up the first day Dara works in the kitchen , what does Dara give him and what does he say?

6. What happens when Dara asks Sarun to get the pass?

7. Describe the chores Dara is ordered to do by the bad-tempered cook in the kitchen the first day?

8. Describe Dara's interaction with the little monkey chained in the kitchen.

9. Describe Jantu's cremation.

10. What does Chnay give Dara and why won't he come with them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1. What was the lunch truck?

2. Describe the various things Sarun, Mother, Nea and Dara did to build a shelter.

3. Describe what Dara saw when she went with Grandpa Kem and Sarun to get the rice.

4. Choose two of the above topics to write about.

Essay Topic 2

1. Describe the significance of the cowbell and the direction from which its tinkling was coming.

2. Describe the happier times Dara remembered when she was two or three years old. How was her village and her family at that time?

3. Describe the Communist soldiers who came into Dara's village. How were they dressed? What did they tell the villagers?

4. Write on two of the above topics.

Essay Topic 3

1. Give a short description of Cambodia's history. How far back did it go at the time the book was written? What other countries were involved with Cambodia? How were they involved?

2. How were the Cambodian people treated under the Khmer Rouge regime? Give some examples.

3. Why did Minfong Ho travel to the Thai-Cambodian refugee camp? Where had she been working? What did she end up doing in Thailand?

4. Write on two of the above topics.

(see the answer keys)

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