The Death of Woman Wang 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. Who does Ts'ui kill in revenge for the suffering of the man he met while traveling with his mother?

2. When Jen's wife tears the sleeping mat, what does she do?

3. Which of the following is NOT a method of Chinese punishment?

4. When Jen's wife is abandoned, what situation does she find herself in?

5. Who has to pay the burial expenses for the dead wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Kao get involved in Jen and Wang's marital dspute at the temple?

2. What is done to placate Wang's ghost and why?

3. What does he monk urge Ts'ui Meng to do for his own safety?

4. How does Li protect Ts'ui Meng's wife?

5. How does Jen place the blame of Wang's death on Kao?

6. Why is Wang in a desperate situation after her lover leaves her?

7. What do many women do after their husbands die in China?

8. How does the boy that Ts'ui Meng befriended rescue him?

9. What is the sad story P'u Sung-ling tells about a young woman and a nobleman?

10. What is Jen's punishment for killing his wife?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe some of the settings for The Death of Woman Wang. What was the overall setting? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. How did these settings reflect the time period and culture of 17th century China?

Essay Topic 2

What public systems are maintained in the county of T'ang-Ch'eng via taxes? What private or Imperial systems are maintained? Who builds and maintains this infrastructure? Is taxation thus beneficial to the individual citizen? Why or why not?

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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