To the Storm: The Odyssey of a Revolutionary Chinese Woman Test | Final Test - Hard

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 eventuality most threatens those in power in China?

2. Why was depression widespread in 1967?

3. What did Chairman Mao declare in 1966 that intellectuals must undergo?

4. What group refused to obey Chairman Mao's directive to continue education?

5. What did Lao Tang's mother send to augment his diet?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Yue Daiyun stunned and unhappy at the new student orientation at the cadre school?

2. Why was schistosomiasis a danger for those working in rice paddies?

3. Why had Lao Tang not left Liang Xiao?

4. How did nine-year-old Tang Shuan help the Jinggang Mountain group?

5. How did those being interrogated about disparaging remarks against Jiang Qing manage to keep from implicating their family and friends?

6. How did the disputes between factions at the university resemble civil war?

7. What astonished Lao Tang more than evidence of Lin Biao's reactionary viewpoint?

8. Which children were admitted into New Beida?

9. Why were admission examinations eliminated from the requirements for university entrance in 1970?

10. Why was Yue Daiyun apprehensive when Tang Dan decided to go into the army?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many times Yue Daiyun decides that her own conscience must be ignored in favor of the Party line of thinking. In your essay, give examples of this decision and its results in her life. What happens when the individual completely subverts his will for what he believes to be the collective good?

Essay Topic 2

During the time that is portrayed in this memoir, military and police power were placed in the hands of committees and groups - sometimes self-appointed, as the student groups were. In your essay, discuss the results of these shifts in power.

Essay Topic 3

Parent-child relationships are an important theme in this memoir, as children were encouraged to distance themselves from the reactionary or intellectual thought patterns of their parents. As a young bride, Yue Daiyun draws such a line against her father-in-law, and she later regrets it. Her own children find it necessary to repudiate their parents. Analyze and evaluate the effects of this disjunction on family relationships.

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