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. What is Jen doing to his wife as she is dreaming?

2. What is set off in the hills by a servant to divert the robbers while rescuing Ts'ui's wife in one of P'u Sung-Ling's stories?

3. When a wife starves her mother-in-law, what does her husband do secretly in one of P'u Sung-Ling's stories?

4. Who attacks Li and his sons in revenge for being called a gangster?

5. In China, often women did not have rights and were sold as __________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Chinese law regarding adultery?

2. What does Huang discover at Jen's house?

3. How does Ts'ui-hsien outwit her husband through magic?

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

5. Describe Wang's surreal dream.

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

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

8. How does Ts'ui Meng try to avenge injustices meted out to Li?

9. Why do you think Spence named the book The Death of Woman Wang?

10. What does Li do to avenge the death of Wang's 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

Natural disasters occurred throughout the narrative.. How did these events impact Huang and in what ways? Describe, giving examples of observations he made about T'ang-Ch'eng.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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