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 does Commissar Wei ask the hospital to recommend for him?

2. Where did Manna Wu's parents die?

3. What is the purpose of the newspaper article about Lin and Shuyu's divorce hearing?

4. What rare food does Bensheng bring to Lin's house?

5. At the end of Part 2: Chapter 8, what does Lin regret talking to Manna about?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Lin ashamed that he asks Manna to share the cost of the bribe?

3. What draws and repels Manna and Liang Meng to and from each other?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title of "Waiting" is one of the most pivotal aspects of the book. Write an essay discussing the effect waiting has on the characters and their relationships.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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

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