1. How does Buck satirize Western Christian missionaries in the novel?
2. What does Wang Lung’s family’s gradual disconnection from the land say about their moral position and their hopes for future success? Explain what you think happens to Wang Lung’s family after the close of the novel.
3. How are Wang Lung and his oldest son alike? Given the similarities in their characters, why do they come into conflict?
4. Why does Wang Lung decide to move into the Hwang family’s house in town? What does such a move signify for him?