Waiting Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 rumor is going around the hospital about Lin's wife?

2. Why can't anyone play cards as the people in Lin's dream do?

3. On his first day in Muji City, what is Liang Meng's reason for needing to return home so soon?

4. What does Manna do for Lin that most fiancées do for their men?

5. What does Manna compare herself to at the prospect of her engagement to Commissar Wei?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lin think an attempt to pay Shuyu or Bensheng for a divorce would fail?

2. Why is Manna hesitant to become engaged to Mai Dong before her graduation? What is their deciding factor in holding off their engagement?

3. What dilemmas do Shuyu's feet make for Lin?

4. Why does Manna help Lin put dust covers on his books?

5. What is the crowd at the courthouse defending when they are scolding Lin?

6. After Lin begins to try in earnest to divorce Shuyu, what are the new dilemmas that arise?

7. Why has Lin doubted himself of being a "normal" man? How does he gauge "normal?"

8. Why is Manna's meeting with Commissar Wei very pleasant?

9. Although a relationship between Manna and Liang Meng is Lin's idea, what is his attitude? Why?

10. How does Manna begin to advance on Lin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lin has a duplicitous personality. Analyze his character using the three following characteristics of Lin:

- Lin's need to please.

- Lin's superiority complex.

- Lin's inferiority complex.

Essay Topic 2

Early in the book, Lin has several daydreams and fantasies. Respond to the following questions:

- What do these dreams and fantasies say about Lin's innermost desires at the time?

- What are the parallels you can draw between his life in Part 3 and his fantasies in Part 1?

- What conclusions do you draw from Lin's reactions to getting what he wants and wanting what he can't have?

Essay Topic 3

The discretion in "Waiting" is completely symmetrical: three parts with twelve chapters each. Write an essay discussing the relevance of how and when the book is divided, why this is, and what the organization reveals about the narrative, characters, and themes, and how it assists them.

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