Choose one prompt:
Minli and Dragon hear the cries of the monkeys. As Minli looks around, the monkeys appear to be everywhere. Dragon asks what they are going to do. If you were Minli, what would you do? Consider the list of items Minli packed. How would you use these to develop a plan?
Minli uses the items she brought with her in a clever
way. Describe how she outsmarts the monkeys.
How did her memory of the children fighting over
mud pies help her think of this idea? Was this similar
to the plan you developed?
As Ma and Ba think about whether or not they
should let Minli try to change their fortune, Ba says
it is like trying to find the paper of happiness. In
the story he tells, the secret of happiness is shared,
but it is lost. What do you think was written on the
missing paper? What one word might be the secret to
happiness? Why do you think this?
Minli and Dragon meet a fish that thinks Dragon
might be its Aunt Jin. The fish then tells a story
about the Dragon Gate. Why does Minli think she
might have met Aunt Jin?