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. Where does Lin Kong's wife, Shuyu, live?

3. After a chief in the City Administration dies, what does Manna begin to do?

4. Why does Geng Yang ask Manna to come to his room?

5. What is Geng Yang's response to "The Flower Girl"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Although a relationship between Manna and Liang Meng is Lin's idea, what is his attitude? Why?

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

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

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

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

9. What about Lin's response to Manna's prospective engagement make him rethink his attachment?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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".

Essay Topic 2

Dreams are a powerful tool of revelation and understanding for both the reader and the characters in "Waiting." Write an essay analyzing the use of dreams and internal dialogue in the book.

Essay Topic 3

Ha Jin frequently uses animal imagery in reference to his characters. Write an essay discussing Ha Jin's tendencies of anthropomorphizing his characters and what significance his choices of animals hold for his characters.

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