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No Name WOman

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- Dictionary -
Voluntary sexual intervourse btween a married person and someone other than his or her lawful spouse.
Adultery
VOCABULARY
QUIZ
Spend 90 seconds to choose an answer for each of the following questions with your group.
Record your answers using the same sheet of paper for the previous activity. Make sure all of your names are on there!
RHETORICAL ANALYSIS
By: Maxine Hong Kingston
No Name Woman
Carefully read your group’s assigned question, take 5 minutes to discuss the response among your groups. Be sure to jot down ideas to share with the class later; it will also be collected for a participation grade. Make sure all of your names are on there!
Jeslin S.
Mingsi C.
Sharon S.
Sabrina C.
Throughout this essay, Kingston seems to be searching for a definition of adultery. Why doesn’t she simply define the term through its dictionary definition?
1. In par.21-29, why does Kingston give so much imaginative description to her aunt’s concern with appearance? Why does she add info in par.34 and 35 about her own adolescent experience with dating?
2. In "No Name Woman", Kingston uses a wide variety of rhetoric to enhance her writing. In your groups, come up with at least two examples of rhetoric from the story and describe the effect it has.
DID YOU DO
YOUR HOMEWORK?
“ ‘You must not tell anyone … what I am about to tell you,’ ” Kingston’s mother tells her at the essay’s opening. The rest of the essay, of course, is Kingston doing just that. Why does she do so?
1. What is the rhetorical purpose of par.11 and 12?
A. to signal the shift from the mother’s story to Kingston’s
B. to remind readers that Chinese Americans are Kingston’s primary audience
C. to emphasize the importance of separating fact from fiction
D. to show that Kingston has respect for her Chinese history and culture
E. to suggest in general terms the central themes that the essay will explore
2. The repetition of the word “perhaps” in par.16 suggests that
I. Kingston is uncertain of her information
II. Kingston’s mother gave her conflicting information
III. knowledge is often no more than synthesis of clues and guesses
A. I only
B. III only
C. I and II only
D. I and III only
E. I, II, and III
3. When Kingston writes “my aunt crossed boundaries not delineated in space” (par.20), she means that her aunt
A. traveled symbolically into more difficult terrain than that to which her brothers literally traveled
B. wanted to accompany her brothers in their travels to the west
C. refused to remain at home with the other women to ensure a stable place for the men who traveled
D. was well ahead of her time in terms of her beliefs about women’s rights
E. was forced outside of the parameters of her community’s definition of acceptable behavior
4. What is the “work of preservation” to which Kingston refers in paragraph 21?
A. memory
B. historical research
C. understanding the past
D. personal interpretation
E. decisions about what deserves to be written down
5. All of the following are in evidence in para.40 EXCEPT
A. interior reflection
B. personification
C. inverted syntax
D. metaphor
E. cumulative sentence
6. In the final paragraph, Kingston’s attitude toward her aunt can be best described as
A. uneasy fascination
B. anger and resentment
C. sympathy and reverence
D. sadness but disapproval
E. ambivalent appreciation
Done!Questions?

- Author -
Pg. 224:
Adultery is extravagance.
Pg. 230:
Adultery, perhaps only a mistake during good times, became a crime when the village needed food.
ANSWERS

1. What is the rhetorical purpose of par.11 and 12?
E. to suggest in general terms the central themes that the essay will explore

2. The repetition of the word “perhaps” in par.16 suggests that
D. I and III only

3. When Kingston writes “my aunt crossed boundaries not delineated in space” (par.20), she means that her aunt
A. traveled symbolically into more difficult terrain than that to which her brothers literally traveled

4. What is the “work of preservation” to which Kingston refers in paragraph 21?
C. understanding the past

5. All of the following are in evidence in para.40 EXCEPT
C. inverted syntax

6. In the final paragraph, Kingston’s attitude toward her aunt can be best described as
A. uneasy fascination
SOAPSTONE
S - Coming to terms with her identity as she tries to make sense of her Chinese traditions and American lifestyle by exploring her Aunt's story
O - In 1976 when Kingston realizes that the Chinese culture does not fit with the American one

A - First generation immigrants and those who go against their family traditions
P - To collide the Chinese culture with the American culture
S - A first generation Chinese immigrant who is baffled by the Chinese culture and struggles to find her true identity
Tone - Provocative
RHETORICAL STRATEGIES
PATHOS
“She kept the man's name to herself throughout her labor and dying; she did not accuse him that he be punished with her. To save her inseminator's name she gave silent birth.” (pg. 228)
LOGOS
“But one human being flaring up into violence could open up a black hole, a maelstrom that pulled in the sky. The frightened villagers, who depended on one another to maintain the real, went to my aunt to show her a personal, physical representation of the break she had made in the 'roundness.' … The villagers punished her for acting as if she could have a private life, secret and apart from them.” (pg.229)
IMAGERY
We could hear the animals scream their deaths - the roosters, the pigs, and a last great roar from the ox. Familiar wild heads flared in our night windows; the villagers encircled us...” (pg. 222)
DICTION
“The next morning when I went for the water, I found her and the baby plugging up the family well.” (pg. 232)
MOTIF
GHOSTS
ETHOS
“Turn its face into the mud. Mothers who love their children take them along. It was probably a girl; there is some hope of forgiveness for boys.” (pg. 232)
“As if it came from an atavism deeper than fear, I used to add "brother" silently to boys' names. It hexed the boys, who would or would not ask me to dance, and made them less scary and as familiar and deserving of benevolence as girls.” (pg.239)
"...She would have to beg food from other ghosts, snatch and steal it from those whose living descendants give them gifts." (pg.232)

"...Waits silently by the water to pull down a substitute." (pg.233)
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