You need to finish reading the following texts in order to do the homework for this week:
Chuang Chou (pp.22-32) and Lao Tzus Classic Book of the Integrity and the Way (pp.32-37).
True or False? Add one or two sentences to show your thoughts.
True or false? Add one or two lines summarizing your thoughts/showing your familiarities with the
A. Su Shihs Red Cliff Rhapsody is relevant to the novel Water Margin.
False, it is not relevant to Water Margin, but it is rele
1. Read the poems of Wang Wei (90-92; 270), Li Po (92-96147-149) and Tu Fu (97-99 and on
Blackboard). Write one paragraph for each of these three poets interpreting their poetic works
(focusing on one or more poems) from Buddhist (Wang W
Zhang Ler accuse Dou E murder his father, and threat her if she
doesnt willing to be his wife, he will take her to the court. However, Dou E
believes the judge will proves her innocent therefore; she doesnt hesitate to go
to the court with Zhang Lu and he
Read The Story of Ying-ying (507-517) and find the source of the following quotes, add a
sentence or two interpreting their contextual/cultural significance:
1. I await the moon in the western chamber
Where the breeze comes through th
To the question: Why do people read literature? many of you probably will respond with
key words such as education and entertainment. According to The G
Classic of Odes Anonymous
Miracle birth of Lord Millet: mythical founder of the Chou house from Greater Ya
The one who first gave birth to our people, this was Chiang Yuan
How did she give birth to our people?
She knew to make the Yin and Ssu offerings,
For this assignment you need to read:
Wu Sung Beats the Tiger 581-591;
Sketches from the Cottage 496-506;
Two Concubines (blackboard)
The Scholars (blackboard)
I. True or false? Add one or two lines showing your thoughts.
A. The author
George Mason University
Department of Modern & Classical Languages
Chinese 310: Survey of Traditional Chinese Literature - Fall 2015
Class Meeting Time: MW 01:30 p.m. - 02:45 p.m.
Class Meeting Room: W1001
Instructor: Prof. Xiao He
Telephone: (703) 993-77
Will you agree or disagree with the following statements? Add one or two sentences
showing your thoughts based on your readings (Columbia Anthology, 17-21)
a. Confucianism is enthusiastic about education and teaching.
I agree that Confucianis
1. What is the philosophical school/political thought called that the First Emperor of Chin (Qin) relied
on? (Confucianism, Taoism, Legalism, Buddhism?) How did the First Emperor of Chin/Qin rule?
Why is he a controversial person in Chinese hist
Please give short answers to the following questions:
1. Is there anything interesting or new for you in the video we watched today in class? Do you
think the DVD is too liberal and left-oriented? In case you missed the class, it is called
CHIN 310 - Possible Paper Topics
A hard copy of your term paper of 5-8 pages (double spaced) will be due Wednesday,
December 9 in class. Thank you for taking this course.
Below are 9 topics, and topics 3-8 have sorted reading lists. Keep the following gen
Running Head: Term Paper
George Mason University
Professor Xiao He
Paper topic two
A Peacock Southeast Flew
A Peacock Southeast Flew is a narrative poem from the Han dynasty that is
based on the true story. It is a tragedy story of the love c
PENAL SERVITUDE IN QIN LAW
The Qin state, which unified China in 221 B.C., was remembered in later China above all for
its harsh laws and extensive use of unfree labor. People were rewarded for denouncing those
who broke the law, and the lawbreakers, once
Final Exam Student Guide Fall 2015
Format of the Final Exam:
The final exam consists of three sections as follows,
Section I. Multiple-Choice Questions (60 items, 1 point each, totally 60 points). This
section will test your overall knowledge after you ha
Give definition to the following Buddhist terms:
1. Reincarnation : soul or spirit, after biological death, can begin a new life in a new body
2. Karma: the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as
1. Below are two entries from the Penal Servitude in Qin Law posted on the Blackboard.
How do you view them? Do you think they are reasonable or typical Chinese/Asian?
Offer your thoughts.
In exchange for two degrees of aristocratic rank
Chapter 31: On Ghosts, 3
Mo Ti (480?400? B. C. E.)
Mo Tzu said: With the passing of the sage-kings of the Three Dynasties, the world lost its
righteousness and the feudal lords took might as right. The superior and the subordinates are no
Midterm Student Guide Fall 2015
There will be three sections in the Midterm. For Sections I & II you dont need a study
guide because they test your general knowledge so far you have learned from your
readings, professors lectures and class discussions. Yo
Criticism and Theory
Classic of Odes
The Great Preface
Anonymous (Late Western Han)
1. As for the Kuan-chv[it is to be understood in the terms of] the virtue of the Consort.
2. It is the first of the Airs, and it is that whereby the world is transformed,
Zhang Ler accuse Dou E murder his father
, and threat her if she doesnt willing to be his
wife, he will take her to the court.
Dou E chose to go to the court because she b
elieves the governor.
The governor Tao Wu who took the money fr
om Zhang Ler and
The Biography of Ching Ko
Ssu-ma Chien (145-90? B.C.E.)
Ching Ko was a native of Wey. His forebears had been natives of Chi who had moved to Wey.
The people of Wey called him Master Ching, but when he went to Yen, the people called him