Waiting Test | Final 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. Why does Manna tell Ran Su she wants Lin to stay home more?

2. How does Haiyan explain the news of Manna's rape getting out?

3. Bensheng wishes Hua would find a different boyfriend because soldiers are not ______ anymore.

4. Why does Lin caution Manna about revealing anymore to Haiyan?

5. How much alimony does the judge tell Lin to pay Shuyu?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Lin going to leave Manna?

2. Is Manna the type of lover Lin predicted?

3. Why would Manna Kill herself if she were pregnant?

4. Why doesn't Lin stay in the delivery room while Manna is giving birth?

5. In Chapter 12, time accelerates through years. What has changed or stayed the same?

6. After the secret of Manna's rape gets out, how does the way the hospital staff treats Manna and Lin change?

7. Does Lin regret divorcing Shuyu?

8. What does Lin think is the effect of Manna's suffering?

9. How does Lin realize the reason he hasn't received a promotion in ten years?

10. Why does Manna wish she had a daughter like Hua?

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

Discuss how Lin's children become some of the most relevant characters in his life. Respond to the following questions:

- What do each of his children provide for Lin?

- What do they represent about Lin's relationships with their mothers?

- What greater symbols do they offer to the book?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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