Essay Topic 1
At several points in the story, Yue Daiyun and others felt it necessary to "draw a line" between themselves and others. Explain what it means to draw a line. Give examples of how and why this procedure was implemented. Do you think such a procedure is unique to Chinese society during the cultural revolution?
Essay Topic 2
Do you believe that Yue Daiyun's basic political philosophy changed greatly during the years she has described in her story? Give reasons, quotations, and examples to support your opinion.
Essay Topic 3
Landlords were the most vilified of any group described in this story. Why was their condemnation so universal? What happened to them? To their property?
Essay Topic 4
Many of the campaigns described in this book are designated with numbers. These include The Four Clean-Ups, the Three Separations, etc. In your essay, give several examples of these movements and your...
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