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. Who does Lin believe is the key player in making his divorce successful?

2. Commissar Wei stops in Muji City on his way to which border?

3. Why does Haiyan think Lin refuses to take the opportunity to use her sister's house?

4. When Ran Su is cautioning Lin about his relationship with Mann, what does he mean by "abnormal" relationship?

5. What is Manna considered dangerously close to because of her age?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Lin shows Manna the photo of his wife and daughter, what upset does it bring to their relationship? What solace does it bring to Manna?

3. Since Manna and Lin broke up, what has Manna been doing to spite Lin? How does this reach its climax in Chapter 10?

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

5. How does Lin change the direction of his and Manna's relationship as his divorce seems less and less likely?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Lin's daydream about the nurses say about him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss how Lin's children become some of the most relevant characters in his life. Respond to the following questions:

- What do each of his children provide for Lin?

- What do they represent about Lin's relationships with their mothers?

- What greater symbols do they offer to the book?

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