Essay Topic 1
What does Yang Ru-shan do to earn money, and why does he need the money so badly? What are the long lasting effects of this action? How does this action set the tone for the rest of the book?
Essay Topic 2
Who is your favorite character in the book? How does this character change throughout the book? What kind of experiences does this character go through, and how do these affect them? What kind of influence did this character have on the other characters in the book?
Essay Topic 3
What are some major differences between the Chinese culture and our own culture? How would this story have been different had it taken place in America? How did the Chinese setting affect the plot of the book?
Essay Topic 4
De-hong witnesses many different things that help to enforce her support of the Communist Party. What are some...
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