Choose one prompt:
At the end of Chapter 19, Minli says to Buffalo Boy, “Don’t you think it’s mysterious that you only see her once in a while? And you never visit her, she only visits you? And that she knows things like where the king will be tomorrow? Who is she, really?” Who do you think Buffalo Boy’s friend is? Why?
Ma offers to carry the goldfish and she feeds the
goldfish from her own rice bowl. In what ways
does Ma seem to be changing? What has caused
Minli offers the Buffalo Boy her last copper coin, but
he does not take it, even though he is very poor. Why
does the Buffalo Boy tell Minli he does not need it?
Minli uses the coin to purchase a peach. What
happens to the peach she buys? How does this act of
kindness help her reach her goal of finding the king?
The king tells Minli a new version of the Old Man
of the Moon story. In this version, Minli learns
that Magistrate Tiger tore a page from the Book of
Fortune. The king guesses this page might be the “borrowed line” Minli is looking for on her journey.The message on the page changes depending on the situation. What does the message say as the king
reads it to Minli? What do you think this means? Use
examples from your own life or other books you have
read to explain your answer.