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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 does Manna compare herself to at the prospect of her engagement to Commissar Wei?
2. After being deployed, what does Mai Dong write to Manna to tell her?
3. What is Geng Yang's real reason for inviting Manna to his room?
4. What is the reason Manna gives Lin for wanting to sleep with him?
5. When Lin is questioned by the voice in his head about his refusal to sleep with Manna, he says that their relationship is not based on what?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why would Manna Kill herself if she were pregnant?
2. What is the crowd at the courthouse defending when they are scolding Lin?
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. After River and Lake are healthy again, does Manna and Lin's marriage become right and peaceful?
5. Do people in the hospital view Shuyu as a joke?
6. Is Shuyu simple-minded?
7. Why does Lin discourage Manna from joining any of the revolutionary parties in the hospital?
8. Why has Lin doubted himself of being a "normal" man? How does he gauge "normal?"
9. Why does Lin want Shuyu and Hua to have urban residential status?
10. What draws and repels Manna and Liang Meng to and from each other?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Lin has a duplicitous personality. Analyze his character using the three following characteristics of Lin:
- Lin's need to please.
- Lin's superiority complex.
- Lin's inferiority complex.
Essay Topic 3
The discretion in "Waiting" is completely symmetrical: three parts with twelve chapters each. Write an essay discussing the relevance of how and when the book is divided, why this is, and what the organization reveals about the narrative, characters, and themes, and how it assists them.
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