The Good Earth: Summary, Characters, Setting & Themes


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What time period is covered by The Good Earth?

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1. In The Good Earth, why does O-Lan kill her daughter?

2. In The Good Earth, where does Wang Lung get the money to return to his land?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and printable worksheet on Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth either as pre-test for our attached lesson on the novel, or as a review after you're done reading it. Pay special attention to the book's major plot points and characters, as well as some key details of the book's legacy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This worksheet and quiz will help you better understand the following:

  • The time period of the novel
  • The reason that O-Lan kills their daughter
  • The source of the money Wang Lung uses to return to the family's land
  • What happens at the end of the book to make O-Lan angry at her husband

Skills Practiced

Use these skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on The Good Earth
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the reason O-Lan becomes angry at her husband
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the money Wang Lung uses to reclaim the family's land in a different light

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson, The Good Earth: Summary, Characters, Setting & Themes, will prepare you to:

  • Expound on the themes of generational differences in the book
  • Explain how The Good Earth helped to change the view of Chinese people in the United States
  • Describe how the book was re-popularized by a TV personality