Frank Chin’s Donald Duk Final Project (200 points)
This project will be completed individually.
I. Short Identification (ten at ten points each, 100 points total)
Directions: Define ten of the following terms in a solid paragraph of three to five sentences each, discussing the significance of the characters, elements, and/or objects succinctly and thoroughly, explaining the relevance to the novel, and the development of the plot. Quoted material from the book should be properly cited, including page numbers in parentheses. Summarized and paraphrased materials should also be marked with parenthetical citations. Please indicate clearly the questions you are answering.
Kingdoms rise and fall, Nations come and go
Fifty-pound sack of rice
See the rubric below for how your terms will be assessed:
Very Good (8)
Below Average (6-7)
Solid paragraph of 3-5 sentences; Discusses significance of characters, elements, and/or objects succinctly and thoroughly; Superior explanation of how term relates to the novel and plot development
Mostly solid paragraph of 3-5 sentences; Mostly succinct and thorough discussion of characters, elements, and/or objects; Very good explanation of how term relates to the novel and plot development
Mostly adequate paragraph of 3-5 sentences; Mostly adequate, succinct, and thorough discussion of term; Adequate explanation of how term related to the novel and the plot
Less than 3 sentences; Less than adequate discussion of term; Less than adequate explanation of how term relates to the novel and the plot.
Not enough to grade
II. Short Essay (100 total)
Directions: Write one essay of at least five paragraphs based on one of the six questions below, with a solid thesis statement and concrete support from the novel. Each paragraph should have a clear topic sentence and develop sub-points of the thesis. Quoted material from the book should be properly cited, including page numbers in parentheses. Summarized and paraphrased materials should also be marked with parenthetical citations. Please clearly indicate which question you are answering.
Who is Fred Astaire, and what is his relationship with the protagonist? How does Fred Astaire become another character in the novel to whom the protagonist and the other characters relate?
The setting is clear from the beginning, taking place in Chinatown in San Francisco. What kind of community, or lack of it, is depicted in each chapter? How does the image of Chinatown, which also can be seen as another character in the novel, change, and develop?
The building of the Union Pacific Railroad by the Chinese and Irish recurs in the novel. How do characters such a Donald Duk, his teacher, and the mysterious girl relate to the historical fact that the Chinese were erased from history?
Dreams are a major theme for Donald Duk who cannot seem to control and manage his dream life. Of what does Donald Duk dream? How do his dreams reveal problems or issues that he is struggling with in real life?
Chinese New Year is a main event in the plot of the novel. How do the characters celebrate this holiday, and how does the event mark a crisis in Donald Duk’s identity, as he turns twelve years old?
The novel ends with “Kingdoms rise and fall, Nations come and go, and food” (172). Explain the significance.