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 Lin compare himself to although he is married?

2. When Lin and Manna break up, what does Lin do to occupy his time?

3. While Lin ghostwrites Manna's report on "Leaves of Grass," what aspect of the poems does he focus on?

4. What unnerves Manna about Geng Yang when she sees him at the bus stop?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why won't Manna report her rape?

5. What makes Lin hesitate to divorce his wife?

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

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

8. Why is Lin's response to "Leaves of Grass" peculiar to his usual tendencies towards literature?

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

10. Why doesn't Geng Yang cry during "The Flower Girl?" What conclusion does Manna draw about him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The heart is a recurring symbol in "Waiting." Write an essay about the relevance of when and how it is used and what it represents about the characters and relationships.

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

Tradition, rules, and standards sometimes play the most pivotal role in the relationships in "Waiting." Write an essay about the characters' multifaceted relationships with these obstacles.

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