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. After a chief in the City Administration dies, what does Manna begin to do?

2. Who is Lin's new roommate when he gets tuberculosis?

3. Why does Geng Yang think Lin should sleep with Manna?

4. What does the judge require Lin bring to him before the divorce hearing can continue?

5. What does Lin's cousin ask for in his letter?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Lin share Manna's feelings about Geng Yang?

3. Why is Lin concerned that Bensheng invites Ren to his house?

4. Why does Lin discourage Manna from joining any of the revolutionary parties in the hospital?

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

6. Why is Lin ashamed that he asks Manna to share the cost of the bribe?

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

8. What draws and repels Manna and Liang Meng to and from each other?

9. What is the relationship Manna Wu invents between Lin Kong and Pinging Ma? Why does Manna think Pingping is more appealing to Lin than she is?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the parallels between the characters and the political context of China. What do the characters represent about the evolving political organization of China? What role do Chinese politics play in the lives of the characters?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about honesty and dishonesty answering the following questions:

- How do characters lie to each other?

- How do characters lie to themselves?

- What effect does honesty have on their lives?

- Which holds characters and relationships together best: lies or honesty?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about Geng Yang and what he embodies, represents, and provides.

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