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Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear – Lensey Namioka

  1. What cultural differences gave Yang a terrible time in his American school?
  2. ‘For the first few weeks I found myself hugging the walls.’ What does the narrator mean by this? Why is he comparing this with his learning swimming in China? (2 marks)
  3. ‘Maybe he wanted to see if any parts were rattling loose.’ Mention the incident that lead to the incident referred to by the statement.
  4. What does ‘no sweat’ mean in American slang? Which incident taught the narrator this slang? What did his Third Sister do when he told her its meaning?
  5. After reading the account, what do you think of American kids at school?

What do you think?

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