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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 power changed hands in China in 1644, what did not decline?
2. What is complicated and difficult to follow in Chinese society regarding inheritance?
3. What act does the official consider morally evil and degrading that many people in China are doing?
4. In "Hsi-liu," how old is the widow when she is forced to raise two sons on her own?
5. Why is Ting arrested?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the snowfall and its effect on the farmers in T'an-ch'eng in 1671.
2. What happened in the story of the man falling asleep and dreaming?
3. What is the pao-chia system?
4. What did Huang Liu-hung say about the peasant misery in the famine?
5. What happens after the Manchus take power in T'an-ch'eng in 1644?
6. Describe Hsi-liu and her struggle with Ch'ang fu.
7. Describe Huang Liu-hung's work as an official for the county.
8. How is Feng K'o-t'san described in Chapter 1, the Observers?
9. What is the story of The Fighting Cricket?
10. What do many widows do to raise their children?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain the role of women in rural China in the 1600s when the women in the stories and the main narrative are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have?
Essay Topic 2
The four rhetorical modes of writing are exposition, argumentation, description, and narration. Which mode or modes are used in this book and how? List at least one example of each mode you find in the book. Explain what reason Spence might have had for using it.
Essay Topic 3
P'u Sung-ling shares stories of people with magical or supernatural powers.Do you think Hsiao-erh is heroic or exerts power in a positive or negative way? How does her story and triumph over natural disasters and poverty contrast with the real experience of citizens in T'ang-Cheng? Why do you think Spence included this story?
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