Unit V Assessment
Our Unit V assessment will occur during the exam slot on Sun 12/10 2:15-4:15pm in the Library Media Center. The format will be an in-class essay on The Death of Woman Wang. Please bring a charged laptop, your copy of the book, and any notes or other materials that will be helpful.
What question should the unit V assessment (focused on The Death of Woman Wang) pose? Defend your choice of the question—why is it a good way to wrap up the book and our course?
In the first activity, we will pair up so that we have at least one student who was present last class and one student who was not. This is a good opportunity to empower those who were here to share what we learned and for those who were out to gain some insight.
We will bring these questions around the table to tackle the two questions we did not fully address last time as well as the questions from last night’s reading:
The Tangyue Memorial Archways (棠樾牌坊群) in Sexian County, Anhui province includes an archway dedicated to a woman who refused remarriage and and raised her stepchild after the death of her husband.
The selection above:
Fact vs. fiction
To start out, let’s pick on the thread we were examining at the end of class yesterday:
Life-shaping forces in “The Land”
Chart some of the big forces shaping the lives of people in Tancheng (we’ll do this together on the board). Two questions that might help answer this question can be drawn from the homework:
A dinner guest from Yizhou
Also as a group exercise, you are going to imagine that the different parts of this chapter are brought into dialogue with one another. Imagine that a newly appointed magistrate of neighboring Yizhou (WG: I-Chou) has come to Tancheng. Huang Liuhong hosts a dinner for the visitor and invites Liu Tingyuan and Xiao Er.
At dinner, the visitor asks, “How should a magistrate best serve the people?”
Text-to-text analysis: Kangxi’s “Secret Edict” (1670), trans. by Lydia Gerber. Original source.
Further discussion (focus on sources)