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Yue Daiyun
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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 did the students use for hats on the academicians they publicly paraded?

2. What was Yue Daiyun's job during the famine in Zhaitang?

3. What does the name "Lao" mean in Mandarin Chinese?

4. What percentage of workers charged as rightists were work units expected to unveil in 1958?

5. How were ordinary people to be portrayed in literature considered appropriate during the Four Clean-Ups?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Yue Dainyun feel worse on returning from the countryside in 1966 than she had when returning in 1960?

2. Why did Yue Daiyun admire Tang Yongtong?

3. What attracted Yue Daiyun to Lao Tang?

4. Why weren't the peasants reassured by the harsh treatment of their former landlords?

5. What was the job of the sent-down cadres in the countryside?

6. Why did Yue Daiyun decide not to object to being considered a rightist?

7. Why was Yue Daiyun to be criticized while on maternity leave?

8. Why did Yue Daiyun object to Lao Tang's brother's wife?

9. What does it mean to "draw a line" between yourself and another person?

10. Where had the idea of parading enemies come from?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much of Yue Daiyun's philosophy depended on Chairman Mao and her adulation of him and firm belief in his teachings. In your essay, explore her relationship with this leader of her country and how her opinion of him changed and developed as she went through her life experiences.

Essay Topic 2

What differences do you see between the administration of sanctions in China and in other countries? Who determines who is at fault? Who determines the punishment? What effect do those differences have on Yue Daiyun and her family?

Essay Topic 3

Write a brief explanatory history of the Gang of Four and the Cultural Revolution as seen through Yue Daiyun's eyes.

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