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 does Manna do for Lin that most fiancées do for their men?

2. What do the villagers in Goose Village think of Shuyu?

3. What is the prognosis for Lin's tuberculosis?

4. What American poet does Commissar Wei recommend to Manna?

5. Aside from Latin, what languages must nurses learn to be promoted to assistant doctor?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Manna more embarrassed than heartbroken at Commissar Wei's rejection?

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

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

4. How is Lin painted to be at fault through Chapter 9?

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

6. Why does Shuyu's brother object to Lin's wish for a divorce?

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

8. How do the two men in Manna's life in Chapter 4 leave her between a rock and a hard place?

9. How does Manna begin to advance on Lin?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relevance of women versus men in "Waiting." Argue the statement Ha Jin is making about gender, using the following ideas:

- Emotional tendencies of men or women in relationships.

- Self awareness, idealism, control, impressionability, vulnerability.

- Selfishness and selflessness.

Essay Topic 2

Through the book, Lin ponders "love" and questions his understanding of it. Respond to the following questions:

- What does Lin think "love" is?

- What does "love" mean to Lin?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay analyzing the narrative structure or "Waiting". Focus on the following:

- Its symmetry and organization.

- Its circular and recursive motion.

- Compare to traditional narrative structure (rising action, climax, falling action, etc.) and how "Waiting" breaks, uses, and redefines "structure".

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