Mr. Morgan's "The Good Earth" Quiz

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Hopefully this will be helpful in helping with some of the vocab, questions that will possibly be on the exam for the good earth, and possible questions for Franny, Perfect day for Bananafish, and For Esme, with Love and Squalor

  
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  • 1. 
    Why does Wang Lung request an "ugly" wife?
    • A. 

      Because he does not deserve a pretty woman

    • B. 

      Because pretty women often attract young lords and lose their virginity

    • C. 

      Because Wang Lung is intimidated by beautiful women

    • D. 

      Because he thinks pretty women don't want to work, they want to fool around and sit and drink tea and be lazy


  • 2. 
    What does Wang Lung do to celebrate the birth of his first child (and especially his son)?
    • A. 

      He has a feast

    • B. 

      He doesn't do anything

    • C. 

      He thanks the earth god and brings the boy to show the Mistress in the house of Hwang, also dyes eggs red

    • D. 

      He rejoices and then realized that he was being joyful, then began saying that it was a shame his child was a girl (to protect himself from the gods)


  • 3. 
    What does Uncle come and ask Wang Lung for when he visits the first time?
    • A. 

      Money

    • B. 

      Seeds to grow a harvest

    • C. 

      Wang Lung's son

    • D. 

      Food


  • 4. 
    Why does Wang Lung go south?
    • A. 

      There is no work and he needs money

    • B. 

      His father is ill and he must go find a doctor

    • C. 

      He wants to ride the "fire-wagon"

    • D. 

      There is a famine and his family is starving


  • 5. 
    How did O-Lan's first daughter die?
    • A. 

      O-Lan strangled her

    • B. 

      It was attacked by the hungry dog that was lurking around the house

    • C. 

      It starved to death

    • D. 

      Wang Lung buried her alive


  • 6. 
    Why does Wang Lung cut off his ponytail?
    • A. 

      O-Lan scolded him for looking unkempt

    • B. 

      Wang Lung said it made him feel too hot

    • C. 

      Lotus said it was old-fashioned

    • D. 

      Wang Lung's father thought it made him look like a fool


  • 7. 
    What happens to Wang Lung's field of crops?
    • A. 

      It gets dry and the harvest does not survive

    • B. 

      There is a great flood that drowns the harvest

    • C. 

      His uncle's band of bandits come and burn his fields after his uncle is expelled from the house

    • D. 

      Locusts come and destroy a lot of the harvest


  • 8. 
    What about Wang Lung's second daughter saddens him?
    • A. 

      She cried that her bound feet hurt terribly, but that she wasn't supposed to cry because if she didn't have them bound, her husband would not love her

    • B. 

      She is retarded

    • C. 

      She is hideous

    • D. 

      She was beaten and raped by his uncle's son


  • 9. 
    Explain what O-Lan means by "beauty will not bear a man sons".  Based on all of the events that have happened throughout the book and through O-Lan's life, why would she say something like this?

  • 10. 
    Respond to the quote: "Now, evil, idle sons--sell the land!...If you sell the land, it is the end"Why would he think this?  Why would his sons think the land was unimportant?  What connections can you make between Wang Lung and the house of Hwang?

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