The Woman Warrior 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 do the traditional Chinese stories, like those told by Maxine's mother, teach Chinese girls they can be?

2. Why are the Chinese afraid of drowned ghosts?

3. Where does the girl stay at the top of the mountain?

4. What happens to Maxine's aunt the night her baby is due?

5. What is the other meaning of the Chinese word for female?

Short Essay Questions

1. What bothers the narrator the most about the mentally retarded man who comes and sits in the laundry?

2. What is Moon Orchid's first impressions of Brave Orchid's husband?

3. How the narrator feels about the quiet girl at school?

4. What happens to the baron's family after the woman beheads the baron?

5. Do you think the narrator's aunt was a victim or an adultress? Explain why or why not.

6. Does the narrator's aunt haunt the narrator in this first section of the novel?

7. Why does the narrator always add the word "brother" to boys' names?

8. Why are the narrator and her sister referred to a therapist?

9. What are at least two of the most difficult things on the narrator's list that she tells her mother?

10. Why do you think the narrator feels that her American success is sometimes useless? Give an example to support your position.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Beyond the title of the novel, the concept of a women warrior is repeated throughout the book.

Part 1) Explain the literal meaning behind the term "woman warrior" and where you are first introduced to it in the novel.

Part 2) Describe at least three examples in which the narrator may be viewed as a woman warrior.

Part 3) Explain the figurative meaning behind the term "woman warrior" and how it may be interpreted to reflect a woman in the narrator's setting.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the narrator's relationship with the quiet girl at school, particularly their interactions. Why do you think the narrator picks on the quiet girl? What do the narrator's actions reveal about her upbringing and her opinions about herself?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of women in power often comes into conflict with the Chinese ideals of women's roles in society in the novel.

Part 1) Why do you think stories such as the one told in "White Tigers" teach girls to become heroines even though it is not socially acceptable?

Part 2) Describe at least two examples from the novel where a woman is in power. Contrast these examples with at least two examples from the novel where a woman's power is being suppressed.

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