Well, Zac and I head out into the great unknown
tomorrow. We’ve had lots of farewell dinners, and it’s really quite sad
to say goodbye to all of our good friends here. Marin said Zac should go
traveling by himself and I should move in with her. Emma said she would
get married every year so we’d have to come back to China for all of her
weddings. I hope we do come back here someday in the future, because it
is hard to imagine not seeing our friends ever again.
And, for the record, I cried. We had a hot-pot party
at our house last night for my Monday night group of friends. As we sat
around the table, it was hard to imagine that we wouldn’t meet each other
again next week. At the end of the party, we used our digital camera to
make a little video of everyone saying something. Going along with my
whole theme that leaving Dalian is like dying, I felt like I was watching
my own funeral. Everyone said such good things about us; I wondered why
on earth we were leaving.
But leaving we are. So, to see how much you’ve
learned over the past year of e-mails,
here is your FINAL EXAM.
(the answer key is at the end)
1. What country did Sera and Zac live in for the last
2. Sera and Zac’s kitchen had
A) no hot water, but an electric dish dryer.
B) a microwave, but no oven.
C) lots of mice, but no roaches.
D) no freezer, but a blender and toaster.
3. Zac and Sera had what for a pet?
B) Fish and turtles
C) A cat
4. Sera’s favorite part of teaching in China was
A) substituting for sick teachers.
B) training the new foreign teachers.
C) tutoring Marin at the Shangri-La.
D) teaching the present continuous tense by playing
5. Zac and Sera lived
A) in two different houses, one small and crappy the
other large and nice.
B) in two different houses, both of them cold and
C) in one house, but had to share it with two
D) in one house that was nice and new.
6. Zac and Sera hoped to learn some Chinese while in
China. How well did they do?
A) They are fluent speakers, but can’t read.
B) Zac learned how to speak while Sera focused on
reading and writing.
C) Sera speaks like a native, but Zac doesn’t know
D) They have the vocabulary of cave-people, and
can’t pronounce very well either.
7. Sera and Zac’s stay in China corresponded to what
part of the Chinese zodiac?
A) The year of the Dragon
B) The year of the Rooster and part of the year of
C) Half of the year of the Pig and half of the year
of the Panda
D) The year of the Cat and the first month of the
year of the Rat
8. The Most important holiday in China is
A) National Day
B) Chairman Mao’s birthday
C) the Lunar New Year (Spring Festival)
D) the Dragon Boat Festival
9. Dalian is
A) a port city in northeast China.
B) a rural village near Beijing
C) a trade city on the China-North Korea border
D) an industrial city in central China
10. Dalian has
A) Asia’s largest city square
B) the world’s largest outdoor bronze seated Buddha
C) the dirtiest air in China
D) the busiest sea port in the eastern hemisphere
11. Sera and Zac had which health problems while in
A) Sera: SARS Zac: H5N1 avian
B) Sera: dislocated shoulder Zac: none
C) Sera: food poisoning Zac: severe food
D) Sera: lost voice Zac: skinned
12. While in China, Sera and Zac
A) boiled their tap water before drinking it.
B) had bottled water delivered to their house.
C) drank water straight from the tap.
D) carried water from the river
13. What foods can we get in China?
A) Onion flavor cookies, Red bean ice cream and
B) Raw silkworms and Chicken feet
C) “Stinky” tofu and Grilled chicken fetuses (cooked
up right before hatching)
D) All of the above, and don’t forget the
microwavable “chocolate” cake
14. What foods can’t we get in China?
A) Marshmallows and raisins
D) None of the above, but they taste funny.
15. What products are almost impossible to find in
A) Oven mitts and LED alarm clocks
B) Genuine Nike or Adidas shoes
C) Banned movies and air rifles
D) Designer clothes and real Rolex watches
16. What is china?
A) A large communist country in Asia.
B) The most populous country on the planet.
C) A unique and beautiful country with 5000 years of
D) Dishware made of high quality porcelain.
17. How much does dinner for two cost at typical
A) 2 dollars
B) 6 dollars
C) 11 dollars
D) 16 dollars
18. How many times did we normally eat out per week?
B) 1 time
C) 5 times
D) 10 times
19. What other country did Zac and Sera visit?
B) Hong Kong
D) None of the above; these places aren’t currently
countries, don’t you agree?
20. Which website is not blocked by the Great
Firewall of China?
21. How far away is the nearest McDonalds from our
A) 5 minute walk
B) 15 minute walk
C) 15 minute bus ride
D) 30 minute bus ride
22. How many DVD’s have we bought?
A) None, they are illegal and their piracy
contributes to the US trade deficit with China.
B) Some, they aren’t very good quality and are
difficult to find.
C) Quite a few, they are cheap and usually weren’t
filmed in theaters.
D) Thousands, go to
www.serasphere.net/zacscheapdvds to buy some from us.
23. How much does a DVD cost here?
A) 6 dollars
B) 3 dollars
C) 1.5 dollars
D) 80 cents
24. If you say the tones wrong on the Chinese word
for “strawberry” you could end up saying
A) your mother is a pig
B) f - - k berry
C) grass elephants
D) I’m a prostitute
25. What jobs did Sera and Zac have in China?
A) Zac: math teacher Sera: English
B) Zac: English teacher Sera: English
teacher, teacher trainer
C) Zac: no job Sera:
D) Zac: fruit seller Sera:
translator and editor
26. Students in China have
A) total respect and reverence for their teachers
B) to study all the time and take extra classes
during evenings and weekends
C) carefree childhoods similar to children in
D) to do all the work at home like cooking and
27. Most Dalian residents say that Dalian is
A) the Shanghai of northeastern China
B) the best place for hot-pot restaurants
C) a good place to raise a family
D) a beautiful city that is very clean
28. After China, Sera and Zac will travel through
B) southeast Asia
29. After returning to the U.S., Zac will:
A) get a job spreading pine needles at Elon
B) study Chinese
C) go to grad school
D) work for the Ohio Department of Transportation
30. After returning to the U.S., Sera will:
A) become a happy housewife and produce offspring
B) teach English as a second language at a middle
school in Columbus
C) teach high school English somewhere
D) open a Chinese restaurant
How many did you get correct?
0-5 Pathetic! At some point in the past some people
named Zac and Sera accidentally added you to their email list. They just
spent a year teaching in China. They apologize for making you skim through
and delete so many soporific emails.
6-10 So-so. You must have actually been doing your
job at work instead of spending all your time on e-mails.
11-15 Not bad, but you didn’t pass this important
exam. You did nothing but study for a year, but you blew it! It was your
only chance in life. Grab a broom and start sweeping the street. (Such
would be your fate if you were a student in China)
16-20 Good, but you didn’t notice the lower case “c”
in china (#16), did you?
21-25 Pretty good, you are either a dedicated
reader, or possibly Chinese.
26-30 Excellent! We hope you enjoyed reading the
emails and sharing in our experience of China.