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


Questions and Answers
  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Because pretty women often attract young lords and lose their virginity
    Explanation
    Wang Lung requests an "ugly" wife because he believes that pretty women often attract young lords and lose their virginity. He thinks that pretty women are more likely to be lazy and not interested in working. By choosing an "ugly" wife, he believes that she will be more focused on working and being a responsible partner.

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  • 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)

    Correct Answer
    C. He thanks the earth god and brings the boy to show the Mistress in the house of Hwang, also dyes eggs red
    Explanation
    Wang Lung celebrates the birth of his first child, especially his son, by thanking the earth god and bringing the boy to show the Mistress in the house of Hwang. He also dyes eggs red, which is a traditional Chinese custom symbolizing good luck and prosperity. This celebration demonstrates Wang Lung's gratitude towards the gods and his desire to share his joy with others.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Money
    Explanation
    Uncle visits Wang Lung for money when he visits for the first time. This suggests that Uncle is in need of financial assistance and sees Wang Lung as a potential source of help. It could imply that Uncle is facing some financial difficulties or has a pressing need for money, which leads him to approach Wang Lung for support.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. There is a famine and his family is starving
    Explanation
    Wang Lung goes south because there is a famine and his family is starving. This suggests that Wang Lung is desperate to find food and resources to sustain his family during this difficult time.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. O-Lan strangled her
    Explanation
    In the novel "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck, O-Lan strangled her first daughter to death shortly after giving birth. This act was a result of the harsh realities of their poverty-stricken life and the belief that it was better for the child to die rather than suffer a life of hunger and hardship. O-Lan's decision, though tragic and heartbreaking, reflects the desperate circumstances and cultural norms of the time.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. Lotus said it was old-fashioned
    Explanation
    Wang Lung cuts off his ponytail because Lotus tells him that it is old-fashioned. This suggests that Wang Lung values Lotus's opinion and wants to appear more modern and fashionable.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. Locusts come and destroy a lot of the harvest
    Explanation
    Wang Lung's field of crops is destroyed by locusts. This means that a large portion of his harvest is destroyed by the infestation of these insects. The locusts feed on the crops, causing them to wither and die, resulting in a significant loss for Wang Lung. This event has a negative impact on his livelihood and financial stability, as he relies on the success of his crops for his income and survival.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    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
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that Wang Lung's second daughter saddens him because she cried that her bound feet hurt terribly, but she wasn't supposed to cry because if she didn't have them bound, her husband would not love her.

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  • 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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