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The Good Earth Teaching Unit
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- Compare and contrast the Chinese customs that are present in the novel to American customs. Some topics include: obligations to family, the position of women, foot binding, wedding and burial ceremonies, child rearing, and marriage.
- Discuss the relationship of Wang Lung and O-lan. Compare and contrast the relationship he has with his wife to the relationships he has with Lotus and Pear Blossom.
- Tell the story of one day in Wang Lung’s life. Consider what he does first, where he goes and what the place looks like, and how he deals with people.
- Why can Wang Lung not take part in the city life? Compare and contrast the ways of city life to Wang Lung’s.
- How does Wang Lung feel about his life? How do these opinions change throughout the story? Discuss the relationships he has with his wife and family members, farming conditions, and his financial situation.
- Make a list of at least four reasons for the fall of the House of Hwang.
- What universal experiences do the characters in the novel go through? How can you relate to their experiences and circumstances?
- Describe the personality traits, attitudes, and values of two characters.
- In what ways does Wang Lung demonstrate his pride?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.