Essay Topic 1
Discuss Yu-sung's marriage to Pao. How is her life with Pao very different from what she was used to in her family's home? Provide specific textual examples to support your opinion.
Essay Topic 2
How does Pao come to the decision to send his daughter Pei to the silk factory? What does the fortune-teller say that convinces him to make this decision? How does he feel later about this decision?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss Pei's resilience as she becomes accustomed to living in the girls' house. What is her reaction when she learns she has been abandoned? How does she cope with her new life?
Essay Topic 4
Describe Auntie Yee's character. What does she represent to the young silk workers? Do you think she understands them better because she has gone through a similar experience? How so?
Essay Topic 5
What kind of person is Mei-li? Do you agree...
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