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 rare food does Bensheng bring to Lin's house?

2. What does Lin observe about Ran Su's feet?

3. What is Lin's concern about Manna becoming engaged to another man?

4. What does Liang Meng give as his reason for staying in Muji City for the summer?

5. What does Manna see Pingping Ma and Lin Kong doing that convinces her that they are a couple?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What makes Lin hesitate to divorce his wife?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Manna begin to advance on Lin?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Manna is a very trusting and dutiful person. Write an essay discussing Manna's view of humanity through her relationships and endeavors.

Essay Topic 2

Manna has had many suitors through "Waiting." Respond to the following questions:

- What draws Manna to these men?

- What repels Manna from these men?

- How much control does Manna have over her life?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about Lin's orchestration of relationships and the necessity of control. Respond to the following questions:

- How does Lin act when he is orchestrating the situation?

- How does Lin react when he has no control over another person or their actions?

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