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

2. What do Manna and Liang Meng talk about when they first meet at the hospital?

3. During Lin's second attempt to divorce his wife, what does Manna buy in anticipation that she will be married soon?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why won't Manna report her rape?

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

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

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

6. What makes Lin hesitate to divorce his wife?

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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