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Assignment Questions

Understanding of Chinese Literature

Every story has another story behind it-the jilted lover, the beloved pet dog, the maid holding the phoenix hairpin. Choose one of the stories or sets of poems we have studied recently and write your imaginative version of their story-from the point of view of another character. It might be Li Ching-chao’s husband, Li-bai’s (Li-po’s) girlfriend, Wang Wei’s best friend, or Du-Fu’s mother, but readers know that with your understanding of Chinese literature and history and your reading of the original stories or poems, you can guess what the view might have been from a different perspective. Tip: even though this is fiction, refer to the original at times and do explain and include details (even if imagined ones)

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