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LIT EXAM REVIEW THE GOOD EARTH
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What made up Wang Lung's routine in the mornings before his marriage?
he would heat up water for his father's cough, he took a full body bath, and got himself looking as nice as possible.
What was Wang Lung's profession?
What kind of woman did Wang Lung's father ask for at the great house when he went looking for a wife?
an ugly woman
Why wasn't it important to the father that Wang Lung had a pretty wife or not?
because if the wife was pretty, she wouldn't be much help around the farm and other men might try to steal her from him.
What was Wang Lung's reaction to seeing his to-be wife for the first time? Were there any disappointing features?
He thought her voice wasn't too loud or too ill tempered. He was disappointed that her feet weren't bound.
Where did Wang Lung and O-lan stop on the way back to the house? What did they do once they got there?
the temple; they sat there in silence
Why does O-lan not come out of the kitchen to serve the food to Wang Lung's guests?
She didn't like coming out in front of men.
What is it that Wang Lung wants to know about O-lan? Does he find an answer? How?
he wants to know if she likes him; he finds out the answer is yes when she gives him tea.
What doesn't O-lan do?
What did O-lan do to pass the time in the house while Wang Lung worked in the fields? What did she do when she was finished?
she gathered food, fed the ox, put manure in the garden, cleaned the house, fed the old man, etc;; she helped Wang Lung in the fields and cooked them dinner when she finished everything else.
What did Wang Lung suggest to O-lan when she was pregnant at the beginning of chapter 3?
that O-lan should get someone to help during birth.
What did O-lan meed three silver pieces for?
to buy her baby clothes and herself clothes to walk into the House of Hwang with pride.
When did O-lan go into labor?
while she was working in the fields in late autumn
What did O-lan do before delivering her child?
cooked dinner for Wang Lung and the old man
Who was with O-lan when she delivered her first child?
According to custom, what was the new born baby wrapped in?
the father's trousers
What is Wang Lung planning on doing as celebration for the birth of his son?
dye red eggs & red sugar for O-lan to drink in water
What did Wang Lung buy the day after his on was born?
sugar, eggs, incense, paper
How did they prepare for winter?
they had a large harvest and saved food to sell
When did Wang Lung sell his grains and rice?
During winter when people needed it so he would make more money.
Why didn't Wang Lung enjoy the custom of visiting his neighbors during the time of the rains?
Because he was afraid if he became too close with the people, they would try to borrow from him.
Where did Wang Lung and O-lan hide the extra money they made from their harvests?
they dug a small hole in the inner wall of their room behind the bed and they put the money into there.
What did Wang Lung do for good luck in the New Year?
He pasted red paper on all of his tools.
Why didn't O-lan think they should eat the decorative cakes?
She wanted to give it to her Mistress in the House of Hwang. She said the cakes were too rich for their family
How is vanity starting to show itself in chapter 5?
They started to buy nicer clothes and Wang Lung said he'd buy land from the House of Hwang for ANY price.
Describe the differences in the 2 visits Wang Lung made to the House of Hwang.
The first visit-he was poor and nervous.
The second visit- he is richer and proud
On the way home from the second trip to the House of Hwang, what does Wang Lung do to overt bad luck?
He hides his child in his coat.
What great idea does Wang Lung get on the way home from the House of Hwang?
He should buy the land from the House of Hwang.
What were Wang Lung's first feelings when he took the silver from the hiding place?
he was a little scared and guilty to spend the money.
How is the purchasing of land different from what Wang Lung thought it'd be?
he thought there would be more of a negotiation, but the people just took the money and gave him the land.
What does the land symbolize to Wang Lung?
his future richness
Why are people starting to talk about Wang Lung?
they think he's rich because of the land he owns
What problems occur with Wang Lung's uncle?
he's poor, he wants money, his girls aren't married.
What did the uncle's wife say his destiny is?
How does the uncle get what he wants from Wang Lung?
He said he'd tell on him.
What did o-lan observe and say about the uncle?
She said he was taking advantage, that the uncle would take the money and not borrow.
What is beginning to happen to Wang Lung's fortune and why?
it's starting to get bad because he had a daughter and now he lost his money and his harvest isn't good.
When did Wang Lung sell his grain this harvest time?
Which field did the best?
the one by the moat (the one he bought from the House of Hwang)
What big step did Wang Lung to take in this chapter (chapter 8)regarding the land?
he decided to buy more
What are some of the lusts of people from the House of Hwang?
they lost money, the old lady doesn't have enough opium
What did O-lan tell Wang Lung about the girl child?
it was a slave child, not worth mentioning
Since food is scarce, the ox must be butchered, why can't Wang Lung do it?
he had known the ox since it was a calf; he loves it
What is Wang Lung's only source of comfort?
he knowns the people won't take his land
Why was Wang Lung cursing the gods?
he was having bad luck; everyone is hungry
What does Wang Lung feel for his "fool girl"?
affection; he started to care for her
Who was fed first if there was any food to be had?
the old man
What news does Ching have from the village?
people are eating dogs and each other
Where does Wang Lung decide to take his family?
What does Ching give Wang Lung's family?
small red beans
What does O-lan do with her newborn daughter?
What did Wang Lung encounter when he buried the baby?
a dog was trying to eat the dead baby
When Wang Lung saw his uncle again, how did he look?
thin, but not starved.
What proposition did Wang Lung's uncle have for him?
Land for Food
How were Wang Lung and his family doing on the beginning of their journey?
they were tired and hungry
What is a fire wagon?
a newly built train.
How far could two pieces of silver get the family?
100 miles of road.
What did Wang Lung buy with the left over money?
4 small loaves of bread, a bowl of rice for the little girl.
What did Wang Lung hear he needed to save a little money for?
6 mats for a home
How was Wang Lung to make money in the southern city?
by pulling a rickshaw
What peek of O-lan's past do we see when they arrive in the city?
she knew how to make a hut
What made O-lan a good beggar?
She knew how to cry and beg; She did it before she was sold.
What did Wang Lung end up doing for money?
pulling people in a rickshaw
How does Wang Lung's naivete show again?
he didn't know how much money to ask for when he pulled people in the rickshaw.
Who were the only people Wang Lung found he could take advantage of?
white passengers, because they didn't know any better.
What is the analogy that Wang Lung makes about his life in the city?
he lives the life of a rat; he eats thrown away scraps and he doesn't know what is going on in the city (even though he lives there)
What are the differences in the two cities of Anhwei and Kiangsu?
in Anhwei. the language is slow and deep and it wells from the throat. In Kiangsu, people spoke in syllables;it splinted from their lips and from the ends of their tongues.
What does Wang Lung think about the rich American he encounters?
He hadn't ever seen a female American in person before, he figured they didn't know the difference between a copper and silver coin since they paid him so much.
What were Wang Lung's boys learning to do?
Why wouldn't Wang Lung eat the meat?
it was stolen
What did Wang Lung do to his sons after they stole?
In order to get money to get back to their land, what does O-lan propose to do? Why can't Wang Lung do this?
sell the girl child; he likes the child and can't bring himself to sell her.
What does Wang Lung say about the rich man on the other side of the street?
that maybe he should sell the girl to the rich, because then she won't be hungry; but he changes his mind.
What is the difference between how Wang Lung thinks and how the other men around him think?
Wang Lung just wants to go back to his land, but the men want money to buy food, jewels, and nicer things.
How do the men in the city respond to Wang Lung?
They make fun of him for just wanting this land and nothing more.
Who was the foreigner that Wang Lung picks up in the ricksha?
tall man with blue eyes and a hairy face. He was passing the message of Jesus
What did the foreigner give Wang Lung and how do Wang Lung and his father interpret it?
A picture of Jesus; they think it was an evil man since he is hung on a cross.
What is the second picture that Wang Lung sees and what does it represent?
It is a common, yellow, black haired man being stabbed with a knife. "The dead man is yourselves and the murderous one who stabs you are the rich. The rich seize everything"
What are they mysterious happenings that Wang Lung witnesses and what did they mean?
The poor men were being seized; the soldiers were taking the poor men to come and work for them.
What did Wang Lung do when he saw the poor men being seized? What was the biggest reason Wang Lung was scared?
He hid in a hot water shop; the soldiers took his neighbor and that means they might take him too.
What was Wang Lung tempted to do to leave this evil city?
sell his daughter
What changes Wang Lung's mind about selling the "little fool"?
he didn't want her to be beaten
What happens at the rich man's house?
people were stealing things; Wang Lung met a man and the man gave him money to save his life.
What was Wang Lung's reaction to what was going on in the rich man's house?
he didn't want to steal and he was overwhelmed; He was thrilled at the end because he had enough money to get back to his land.
What did Wang Lung buy before he left the south?
ox and seeds (some seeds he had never seen before)
What was Wang Lung's approach when buying the ox?
he must have it because "it was already his". He was going to pay whatever it took to get the ox.
What is the first sign that Wang Lung is acting like a rich man (in chapter 15)?
When he hands the man the gold for the ox, he doesn't feel bad about it.
What was the condition of their house after returning from the city? Who had lived in it over the winter?
destroyed; bandits and maybe the uncle
How had Ching changed?
he is in bad shape, super thin, gold bald, and what hair he has left is grey.
What happened to Wang Lung's uncle?
no one knows for sure; some say he moved to the city and he sold his daughters.
What wrong with O-lan at the end of chapter 15?
she's pregnant again
What does Wang Lung discover that O-lan has between her breasts? How did O-lan know where to find them?
a mass of jewels; the rich are always afraid so she knew it would be hidden. She recognized the loosened brick and found them there.
What jewels does O-lan decide to keep?
two small pearls
How has the House of Hwang changed by chapter 16?
There's no gateman; There's no one there except the Old Lord and a slave woman. There is no longer money there.
Who is really in charge of the House of Hwang? Why does Wang Lung have trouble doing business with this woman?
the slave woman; She's a slave, she's a woman, he doesn't trust her because the money he would give the Old Lord would go straight to her.
Who does Wang Lung hire to help him with the land?
Why wouldn't Wang Lung let O-lan work in the fields anymore?
he's no longer a poor man, he pays other to do the work and she isn't needed anymore.
What does O-lan give birth to in Chapter 17?
twins (a boy and a girl)
What were some other changes on the farm?
they've hired more people and they built a big house that Wang Lung and his family will live in (the workers live in his old house); crops are growing well.
After the end of the fifth year, what was Wang lung doing and why was this ironic?
he worked little in the fields; he''s directing the workers; It's ironic because he used to work in the fields all the time.
What are some implications of Wang Lung's new duties?
he goes and sells grains and buys stuff so he'll make a profit. He goes to the markets and advertises his products.
Why would Wang Lung become embarrassed when doing a business dealing? Because of his embarrassment, what does he decide to do with his two boys?
he can't read or write and people make fun of him. ; he is going to send his sons to school.
What could be the real or underlying reason he makes the decision to send his boys to school?
He doesn't do it for their good, he does it for his own good so he won't get teased anymore.
When the two boys go to school, what names are they given and what do the names mean?
The eldest boy is called Nung En. The youngest boy is called Nung Wen. Nung means One who's wealth is from the earth.
What is the name of the first woman Wang Lung falls in love with while he is still married to O-lan?
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