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. Early in her fixation, what deters Manna's pursuance of Lin?

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

3. What does Ren ask Lin to bring home from the hospital to help his son's stomach?

4. Why does the audience cry during "The Flower Girl"?

5. Where did Manna Wu's parents die?

Short Essay Questions

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

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 draws and repels Manna and Liang Meng to and from each other?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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