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Practice questions for The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what saying did Lucy Wu wish she had known when she thought she would have the perfect year

"Sai weng shi ma or The old man at the frontier lost his horse". (p. 2)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does it mean in Chinese when a person says "the old man at the frontier lost his horse"

something bad could lead to something good and vice versa (p. 2)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what is the Golden Lotus

A famous Chinese restaurant (p. 3)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why are Lucy's parents going the Golden Lotus

It's a relative's birthday. (

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what is Regina excited about eating at the Golden Lotus

Peking honey bananas (p.3)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what do Lucy's relatives say about Regina

She's very pretty. (p. 5)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what do Lucy's relatives say about Kenny

He's a math wiz. (p. 6)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what scares Lucy about being in a room full of her Chinese relatives

She doesn't speak Chinese well. (p. 7)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why does Lucy have to change seats at the table in the Golden Lotus

She is sitting in the oldest relative's chair- the farthest one from the door. (p.9)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why doesn't Lucy like the won ton soup

It has vegetables and mushrooms in it. (p. 9)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what foods gross Lucy out at The Golden Lotus

Whole fish, baby octopus, jellyfish, oysters, and pig ears (p. 10)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, where is Regina going to college

Hamilton University (p. 11)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how did Regina win a full scholarship to college

She started the Chinese Culture and Language Society at school. (p.11)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does Lucy call the lady who is putting food on her plate

The Oyster Lady (p. 12)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, which dish at the Golden Lotus makes Lucy sick

Cooked frog (p. 14)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why is Regina mad at Lucy on the way home from the restaurant

Regina had to leave before the Peking honey bananas. (p. 15)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what food did Lucy want instead of Chinese food at the restaurant

Lasagna (p. 16)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what names does Regina call Lucy on the way home

A Twinkie and a banana (p. 18)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why does Regina call Lucy a Twinkie and a banana

She says Lucy is yellow on the outside but white on the inside. (p. 18)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why is Lucy looking so forward to Regina leaving for college

She wants to decorate her room. (p. 18)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what grade is Lucy going into

Sixth (p. 19)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what country is Lucy's dad going to on business

China (p. 20)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, whom is Lucy's dad bringing back from China

Yi-Po (Po Po's sister/Lucy's aunt) (p. 21)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, who was Po Po

Lucy's grandmother (p. 21)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why is Lucy surprised that her aunt is coming to visit

She didn't know Po Po had a sister. (p. 21)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what happened to Po Po

She died about two years ago. (p. 21)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what upsets Lucy about her aunt's visit

She has to share her room. (p. 22)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what sport does Lucy play

Basketball (p. 24)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, who is Lucy's best friend

Madison (p. 25)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, which college coach does Lucy want to play with

Pat Summitt (p. 25)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, who is Pat Summitt

Coach for the University of Tennessee (p. 25)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, after playing college ball, what will Lucy and Madison do next in their ideal future

Open a clothing store for girls who love sports (p. 26)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what homework did Coach Mike give the girls over the summer

Fifty free throws a day (p. 26)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how does Madison know what the rosters are at school

Her mom volunteers at the school (p. 27)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, who is Lucy's sixth grade teacher

Ms. Phelps (p. 28)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, who is the other Asian girl in Lucy's class

Talent (p. 28)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what country is Talent from

Taiwan (p. 28)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what is the rumor about how Talent learned English

She watched public television. (p. 28)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, who does Lucy have a crush on

Harrison Miller (p. 29)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what do some of the kids call Harrison

Mr. California Cool (p. 29)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why do the kids call Harrison "Mr. California Cool"

he has long hair, wears a dolphin necklace, and eats a vegetarian diet (p. 29)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why does Regina want to take Lucy's quilt

It's newer than hers. (p. 34)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why is Lucy's quilt special

It was made by her grandmother. (p. 34)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu what happened to Lucy's quilt when Regina tossed it to her

It ripped. (p. 34)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what were Po Po's first English words

Ice cream, balloon, and paper doll (p. 38)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, where did Po Po have to work when she first came to America

Warehouses (p. 39)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why did Po Po's family get stuck in America

The attack on Pearl Harbor prevented them from leaving. (p. 40)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why didn't Po Po's family go back for her little sister

China was in a civil war, and they lost track of her. (p. 42)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how did Lucy's father find Yi Po

He ate her noodles and recognized them as being like Po Po's. (p. 43)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does Lucy put in her father's suitcase before he leaves

DVDs, a magazine, and Matilda (a stuffed mouse) (p. 45)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does Lucy's father call her

Mei Mei, little sister (p. 45)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what kind of cake did Po Po make for Lucy's eighth birthday

A basketball court (p. 49)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does it mean to say "don't be a frog at the bottom of the well"

the frog only knows the well and not how great the world is outside of the well (p. 50)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what is Lucy's Chinese name

Mengxue. It means Snow Dream. (p. 52)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why is Lucy's middle name Snow Dream

Regina dreamed about finding a baby in the snow before Mrs. Wu discovered she was pregnant. (p. 52)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what present does Regina give Lucy

A snowflake pendant (p. 51)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what kind of school is Talent helping with

Her parents are starting a Chinese school. (p. 55)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why doesn't Lucy want to go to Chinese school

It is at the same time as basketball practice. (p. 55)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what is the theme for Lucy's bedroom

Snow Dream (p. 62)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what book did Lucy have to read over the summer

Number the Stars (p. 64)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how does Lucy build the "great wall"

she drags the book shelf and the desk to the middle of the room to divide it in half (p. 71)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does Lucy think Yi Po says when she sees her in the airport

"She's so fat!" (p. 76)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what city is Yi Po from

Shanghai (p. 86)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does Lucy's room smell like after Yi Po moves in

Vicks VapoRub (p. 89)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what happened in China that caused people to get rid of anything old

The Cultural Revolution (p. 92)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what is Madison's secret power

She always wears the perfect shoes. (p.95)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what is Lucy's secret power

Pencil sharpening perfectly the first time (p. 95)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how does Lucy decide to act when she goes to Chinese school

She will say, "I don't know" and "I don't want to" when she is called on.

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, who does Lucy model her behavior after so that she doesn't have to participate in Chinese school

Amelia Helprin (p. 102)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what fund-raiser will Lucy's school be having before Thanksgiving

A faculty-student basketball game with admission being a can of food. (p. 112)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how will the students' team captain be chosen for the basketball game

A free throw contest (p. 113)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, who is Sloane Connors

She is the mean girl in the other sixth grade class trying out for team captain. (p. 114)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what kind of rumors did Sloane spread about Kendra

That she had head lice and was caught shoplifting (p. 115)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what happened to Lucy's chair

Sloane messed with the chair leg. (p. 122)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, who does Lucy choose to research for her biography project

Pat Summitt (p. 128)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, when what day is in the middle of Lucy's and Madison's birthdays

Halloween (p. 130)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what excuse does Lucy use to get out of the captain position

She has to go to Chinese school. (p. 134)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why does Lucy move the wall over a little

The wall is on her side, so she doesn't have as much space as Yi Po.

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how does Yi Po react when she sees that Lucy moved the wall over a little

She moves the wall over and takes part of Lucy's side. (p. 140)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how does Lucy's mom embarrass her at school

She pretends to brush her teeth with a gigantic toothbrush. (p. 142)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, where will Lucy's birthday party be

At Madison's house (p. 145)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what good news does Dr. E. give Lucy

Basketball practice will be early enough to make Chinese school possible. (p. 148)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why did Coach Mike move basketball practice to 8:30

So he can go to birthing classes with his wife. (p. 148)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, who helps Lucy find her class at Chinese school

Talent (p. 156)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what do Jessie's parents promise to buy her if she gets a good grade in Chinese school

A video phone (p. 162)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, who does Lucy get excited about seeing at Chinese school

Harrison Miller

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does Harrison tell Lucy that makes her want to do well in Chinese school

Lucy is in his aunt's class. (p. 167)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how many free throws does Lucy make at the shoe store

Twenty-four (p. 171)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does Lucy get for making free throws at the shoe store

A coupon for 24% off. (p. 171)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, who does Lucy see in the shoe store

Two girls from her class - Gabi and Ariana (p. 172)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how does Yi Po embarrass Lucy

By waving to her while she is talking to other girls in her class (p. 174)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what happened in the ladies' room at school

Sloane wrote mean things about Lucy. (p. 182)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, who helps Lucy erase the writing on the bathroom wall

Talent (p. 182)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why does Lucy invite Talent to her party

She helps her erase the writing on the bathroom wall. (p. 182)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why doesn't Lucy want Talent to get the principal

She can't prove Sloane wrote the words, and she doesn't want to look like a baby. (p. 185)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how does Talent erase the words on the wall

With a stain removal pen. (p. 185)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what did Lucy discover Yi Po did to her quilt

Yi Po disguised the tear as a branch of forsythia. (p. 189)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does Yi Po make for dinner the night Madison comes for dinner

Dumplings (p. 192)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what food does Madison want to have at their birthday party

Yi Po's dumplings (p. 194)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how many toys did Yi Po and Po Po have when they were children

Three (p. 201)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what were the toys Yi Po and Po Po had to share

A doll, a ball, and a spinning top (p. 201)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how did Po Po get to school

Her mother carried her on her back (p. 202)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why did Po Po's mother carry her to school

Shoes were very expensive and had to last a long time so she didn't want her to tear up her shoes. (p. 202)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what did Lucy have hidden on her bookcase

A picture of Po Po. (p. 203)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what is Lucy's Halloween costume

A box of French fries. (p. 204)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what happened to the dumplings for Lucy's birthday party

Kenny ate them. (p. 205)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what is surprising about Talent's outfit at the party

She's wearing jeans. (p. 207)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does Madison give Lucy for her birthday

A necklace with her Chinese zodiac sign (p. 208)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how does Lucy feel about Madison's birthday present to her

She's disappointed because it's Chinese. (p. 208)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does Lucy give Madison

A t-shirt (p. 209)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how does Yi Po make Lucy's birthday party special

She remakes the dumplings with Lucy's friends. (p.211)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does Serena call Yi Po

The Queen of the Dumplings (p. 213)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, where do the kids go after making dumplings at Lucy's birthday part

Trick-or-treating.

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what neighborhood gives out the best candy

Barcroft Oaks (p. 215)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what happened at Lucy's house on Halloween

Sloane and her friends TP'd the house (p. 216)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what did Sloane's friends do to Lucy's basketball goal

They pulled the hoop down and covered it with wet toilet paper balls. (p. 217)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, who scared off Sloane and her friends

Yi Po (p. 218)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how does Kenny wake Lucy up on her birthday

He blasts "Happy Birthday" through earbuds, bounces on her bed, and plays an air guitar. (p. 220)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does Lucy's mom send to school with her on her birthday

Lemon cupcakes (p. 220)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, where does Lucy go every year for her birthday

Mamma Lucia's (an Italian restaurant) (p. 222)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why doesn't Lucy go to Mamma Lucia's for her 12th birthday

Yi Po made her a special dinner (p. 222)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what did Yi Po make for Lucy's birthday

The Noodles

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what do long noodles represent in Chinese culture

Long life (p. 223)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what did Yi Po insist Lucy's parents give her for her birthday

A new basketball backboard (p. 225)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does Lucy realize about Yi Po at her birthday dinner

She realizes that Yi Po loves her, and Lucy loves her back. (p. 228)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, whom does Yi Po invite to Lucy's house for cards

The seniors from the center she visits. (p. 229)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what game is Yi Po playing with her friends while Lucy is at school

Cards - mah-jongg (p. 231)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, at the scrimmage game what does Coach Mike want Lucy to do that makes her scared

He wants her to get fouled on purpose. (p. 232)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how does Madison help Lucy with being charged on the court

She runs into her over and over again so that Lucy won't be afraid. (p. 234)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does Yi Po tell Lucy to do when Madison knocks her down

Get back up. (p. 235)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, where does Harrison wait for Lucy after Chinese school

at the trophy case (p. 240)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, which Chinese basketball player does Harrison tell Lucy about

Willie "WooWoo" Wong

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does Lucy accidentally do to Harrison

Pushes him down the stairs

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what happened to Harrison when Lucy pushes him on the stairs

He hurt his ankle (p. 243)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does Dad call Kenny when he's in trouble

Kenneth (p. 246)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why isn't Kenny in the math team's picture

He dropped off the team to study history (p. 249)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how does Kenny's dad react to the news that Kenny quit the math team

He tells him he will not pay for college (p.249)

In The Greats Wall of Lucy Wu, what is in the Big Green Box

photographs (p. 250)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how are the photos organized in the Big Green Box

They are thrown inside - no order (p. 252)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, why did Yi Po burn her mother and sister's photographs

She did not want the searching soldiers to hurt her family (p.254)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what happened to Lucy's lemon pepper chicken lunch

Sloane put a dead cricket in her food. (p. 260)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what nickname do Lucy and her friends give to Sloane and her friends

The Amazons (p. 261)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how does Sloane's mom try to rig the team captain position to Sloane's favor

She changes the rules so that students vote for their favorite captain with a can of food. (p. 266)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, who surprises Lucy by volunteering to play

Talent (p. 275)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, who is playing for the teachers, but he is not a teacher

Ms. Phelps's boyfriend (p. 276)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what does Mrs. Connors bring to the basketball game that almost causes Sloane to win the team captain position

A case of tuna (p. 279)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, how many baskets did Lucy make in the free throw contest

Ten

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, what distracted Lucy during her eleventh shot of the free throw contest

Harrison waved and smiled at her. (p. 286)

In The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, who helps Lucy become team captain by bringing in cans

Yi Po brings her friends from the senior citizens' center.

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