1. What is Wang Lung’s
reaction upon first seeing O-lan?
2. What does O-lan
think of Wang Lung in the early days of their marriage?
3. What does The
Good Earth reveal about the status of women in traditional Chinese
4. Why can’t Wang
Lung refuse his uncle’s demands?
5. Why does Wang
Lung rent the House of Hwang?
6. How does Wang
Lung deal with the problems his uncle causes him?
7. What does Wang
Lung do with O-lan’s two pearls?
8. Why does Wang
Lung rise to wealth and influence?
9. What happens to
the second infant daughter born to Wang Lung and O-lan?
10. Which of the
following best characterizes Wang Lung’s religion?
11. How does Wang
Lung resemble Old Master Hwang?
12. Judging from The Good Earth, what color has special significance in traditional
13. Why is Wang Lung
so devastated by Ching’s death?
14. Why is there
so much hostility between Wang Lung’s two oldest sons?
15. What happens
to Wang Lung’s third son?
16. What happens
to Wang Lung’s retarded daughter?
17. How does Wang
Lung feel about his affair with Pear Blossom?
18. How do Wang Lung’s
sons feel about his affair with Pear Blossom?
19. Which of the
following best describes Wang Lung’s relationship with his sons?
20. Why does O-lan
21. When does Wang
Lung come to appreciate everything that O-lan has done for him?
22. In The Good Earth, what is the only good thing that truly lasts?
23. When Wang Lung
is ready to get married, why does his father oppose his choice of
a pretty woman?
24. Why does Wang
Lung send his younger daughter to her future husband’s family so
25. When Lotus comes
to Wang Lung’s household, what is her primary purpose?