Escape to Gold Mountain: Section Two Comprehension Questions
Chapter Six – “Storm Clouds of Hatred”
1. The Central Pacific Railroad made travelling to the West Coast from the East much faster and less dangerous. What did this mean for the Chinese people who had settled on the West Coast?
- They had to find other places to live – The Chinese people faced discrimination from the new white settlers, who thought that they were entitled to have the jobs, not the Chinese people who already lived there.
2. How and why did American politicians use the Chinese as scapegoats?
- They made a newspaper to stir up hate against the Chinese – they told people that the Chinese people were taking all of their jobs and that they should be forced to leave America
3. What happened in Los Angeles, on October 24, 1871?
- There was riot and the racist people who thought the Chinese had to go attacked and killed some of them.
4. The panels on page 91 & 92 of this chapter contains some very upsetting text and images. Which panel on these pages stands out the most for you? Why?
- The first panel on page 92 shows the Chinese people who have been killed – the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that one of the people killed was only a twelve-year old child
Chapter Seven – “The Chinese Must Go!”
1. What was the “Panic of ‘77”, and what does Denis Kearney do in reaction to it? - The men were getting restless because there was no work - Kearney decides that he will blame the Chinese and starts spreading the message that the Chinese are taking all the jobs & he leads a riot
2. What do Father Wong and Ah Sam do in reaction to the events of July 1877 in San Francisco? - Anti-Chinese league holds a rally and kills some people, so Father Wong and Ah Sam decide to move north, to Victoria, Canada
3. What was the purpose of the Chinese Benevolent Society formed in Victoria in...
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