The Good Earth Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does Wang Lung perceive his wedding day when he awakens in Chapter 1?

Wang Lung feels the wind by sticking his hand out through a hole in the window and thinks it is a good omen. While making the fire, Wang Lung thinks to himself that this is the last day he will have to light the fire himself. He is happy to be marrying, but mostly for practical reasons.

2. What does Wang Lung's father complain about in Chapter 1?

Wang Lung's father comes out of his room, and complains that he has not yet had his daily water. Wang Lung makes him tea, but his father complains that it is wasteful. Seeing Wang Lung's bath water, he continues scolding Wang Lung even as he carries the tub into the room.

3. Why did Wang Lung's father choose a slave for Wang Lung's wife?

Wang Lung's father had insisted that there were only slaves left for the poor. Farmers like Wang Lung could not afford the costly expense of weddings. The woman would keep house, give birth to children, and work in the fields, things a pretty woman would certainly not do for Wang Lung.

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