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. What does Manna NOT question after her dream about Geng Yang?

2. What is the rule about foot-binding that Shuyu explains to one of the nurses?

3. What made the pus drain after Shuyu's feet were bound?

4. What makes Lin realize he is getting old?

5. What do the women at the hair salon say about Lin for wanting to divorce Shuyu?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do people in the hospital view Shuyu as a joke?

2. Why does Lin think they should tell Ran Su about Manna's rape as soon as possible?

3. How do Manna's worst fears appear to be coming true in Chapter 11?

4. Does Lin love Manna?

5. After River and Lake are healthy again, does Manna and Lin's marriage become right and peaceful?

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

7. What are the double standards of blame in Chapter 10?

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

9. What about seeing Geng Yang upsets Manna so much?

10. What about Ran Su's blessing makes Manna so upset?

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 the parallels between the characters and the political context of China. What do the characters represent about the evolving political organization of China? What role do Chinese politics play in the lives of the characters?

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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