Introduction to Western Literature, Fall, 1999
Examination on Fiction Doris' Class
III. Identification Questions 30%
1. What is your reaction to the statement "I am becoming Chinese" in
"A Pair of Tickets"? How does the narrator's description of her
journey from San Francisco to Guangzhou and Shanghai and her
recollection of her mother's experience in Kweilin tell you about her
experience, becoming Chinese?
2.What is the point of view in "A Cask of Amontillado"? What is the
point of view in "A Pair of Ticket"? What is achieved with such a point
of view? Compare the two narrators in these two stories and discuss
which narrator you would trust more and why.
3.Who are the characters in the "Zebra Storyteller"? What kind of
human personality do they have? What kind of association can you
draw from observing these characters? (For instance, how do you like
the zebra storyteller? What does he do in the story? What is the
function of a storyteller? Why do you think he sees through the
Siamese Cat's disguise?)
4.The Zebra Storyteller can be seen as an epitome of the writers we
are going to read in the following year or throughout the literature
courses in the coming years. What do you think we can gain from the
zebra storyteller's experience?