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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. Why was returning to Beijing in 1966 disheartening for Yue Daiyun?

2. What new family responsibility did Yue Daiyun assume at her mother-in-law's request?

3. What is the "white and expert way"?

4. Why were many Chinese angry at the U.S. in 1951?

5. What first shook Yue Daiyun's faith in the Communist party?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Yue Daiyun see in Old Uncle that she had never seen among the intellectuals?

2. Why had Yue Daiyun's earlier visit to the Soviet Union been disillusioning?

3. What was unusual for Yue Daiyun about the National Day Celebration in 1963?

4. What is the difference between one who is an "alien class element" and one who is a "counter-revolutionary"?

5. Why is the one-month birthday an important event in China?

6. Why did Yue Daiyun admire Tang Yongtong?

7. What was the rationale for sending Chinese literature students to work in the mines?

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

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

10. Why did the famine of 1959 change Yue Daiyun's opinion of the Communist Party?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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