The Blue Kite Part 1
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by Todd Hallett
| 12 Questions
Note from the author:
China during Mao. These questiion relate directly to the movie, "The Blue Kite"
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Which of Mao's campaigns does the first portion of the movie deal with?
Hundred Flowers Movement
Great Leap Forward
Cultural Revolution

2
1
What role does fear play in a totalitarian state? Describe how fear influences how the characters make their decisions in their private lives as well as their public lives
3
1
What was the Hundred Flowers Movement? (Google it but write it in your own words)
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1
What was the Great Leap Forward? (Google it but write it in your own words)
5
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What was the Cultural Revolution ? (Google it but write it in your own words)
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1
How did the Hundred Flowers Movement play out, according to the movie? (After it was put in place what were the peoples actions, reactions, what was the governments expectation, and eventual reaction?)
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How did Hundred Flowers Movement impact the lives of the Chinese people in this film? What do you think the long term implications of this campaign and the following Rectification Movement will be for China?
8
1
Why do you think the people didn't resist? (Stand up to the government?)
9
1
Why did the girlfriend break up with the brother? (This was the military couple, she was also a dancer)
He was a mean to her
She was interested in her commanding officer
She didn't want him to get hurt by her actions and refusal to dance
She had to work hard for the party and government and did not have time for him
10
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What was the medical condition that was harming the brother? (The brother who was in the military)
His heart was acting up and he needed to avod stress
His vision was begining to fail
He was develpopin a nervous condition and needed to avoid stressful situations
His arthritis prevented him from foing too much physical labour
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What event ocurred while Shujuan's (The Dad's brother) youngest brother (the artist) was at school?
His classmates critisized him for speaking badly about the government
He won an award for his art
He went on stage as part of an act and got hurt
His classmates cheered him on in supprt of his views
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Why did Shujuan (the Dad) go to the labour camp?
His sister recommended him for re-education
He volunteered to go as he needed work
His coworker LIn said that he was critical of the government
He was picked by his coworkers as the person who was the most critical of government
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