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The Good Earth Mini Research Project

The Good Earth Mini Research Paper:

Mrs. Brown, English 9 

Over the next few weeks, you will complete a research assignment on an aspect of Chinese culture that you find evident in Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth.  You will find THREE outside sources that detail the aspect of Chinese culture.  Next, you will show how this aspect is important to the novel and the role that it plays in contemporary China.

You will need the following:

1.     Note cards (3 x 5, lined) for summarizing, paraphrasing, and direct quotes.

2.     At least FOUR sources (one being the novel)

3.     At least THREE quotes from the novel that show the relevance of the topic in The Good Earth

4.     An outline

5.     A works cited page

6.     Proper MLA format throughout your paper (see the Owl at Purdue online for assistance with this)

7.     At least TWO FULL pages, typed

Suggested Research Topics for The Good Earth:

 1.      the color red                                                                  

2.      Chinese festivals – Noodle Feast

3.      concubines – part of society/family

4.      foot binding – when did it start/stop?  Why?

5.      war history – soldiers, foreigners, missionaries

6.      differences between class structure

7.      differences between urban and rural life

8.      Communism

9.      family structure

10.    education of women

11.    women’s rights

12.    Chinese New Year

13.    opium – abuse? legal?

14.    Chinese architecture

15.    famine

16.    slavery of women and girls

17.    marriage customs

18.    subjugation of women

19.    Boxer Rebellion

20.    clothes and hair styles

21.    Republic of China

22.    herbal medicine

23.    birthing practices

24.    religion (Confucianism,Taoism, Buddhism)

25.    Christian missionaries

26.    influence of Buck’s life

27.    American perceptions of Chinese culture

28.    Chinese response to The Good Earth

29.    agriculture – how farming has changed, major crops

30.    peasant farmers

31.    infanticide

32.    currency





Pearl S. Buck and The Good Earth


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