The Death of Woman Wang 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. What subject is some of the widows knowledgeable about?

2. After what event in 1641 is there an attack on the city by bandits?

3. From where does a woman who is a spirit medium produce a voice in one of the stories told by P'u Sung-ling from 1668?

4. When the lazy person returns and begs the widow, what role does he assume again?

5. What scheme does the husband's relatives have to inherit the widow's property in Woman P'eng?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of loot does the Manchu army take in 1643?

2. Describe Huang Liu-hung's work as an official for the county.

3. Describe the earthquake in T'ang-Ch'en in 1668.

4. Describe Hsi-liu and her struggle with Ch'ang fu.

5. What do many widows do to raise their children?

6. What happened in the story of the man falling asleep and dreaming?

7. Describe Hsiao-erh and Ting's relationship.

8. What is the challenge that P'eng faces after her husband dies in the story of Woman P'eng?

9. What is the story that P'eng's husband's relatives make up in order to attack Lien?

10. How does a woman's rights compare to that of her son?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Spence's book covers primarily a third-person narrative with some stories interwoven. Do you find this style choppy? Why or why not? Is it comprehensive? Does it flow well?

Essay Topic 2

Freedom was a recurring theme in The Death of Woman Wang. Who was free? Who lacked freedom? What constricted freedom? How did Wang gain or lose freedom? Which authorities controlled access to freedom and in what ways? Did Wang need a purpose in life to be free? Discuss.

Essay Topic 3

Spence frequently describes the importance of virtue in relationship to widows. He points out that virtue is sometimes prompted by a desire for honor. Is this real virtue? Why or why not? Is this desire linked to cultural norms or human pride or both?

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