1. Why did Jiang Ji-li's family want to keep their family background from her, and her siblings?
Maybe the reason why they kept it all a secret for so many years is because they thought that they had nothing to do with her grandfather being a landlord. As it says on pg. 63, "'Now listen. What I want you to know is, whether or not your Grandpa was a landlord or an exploiter, it isn't your responsibility...'". This part of the text was when Ji-li's father took them for a walk to explain what really was their family background. In my point of view, they didn't want to tell the kids because they didn't want them to feel guilty, or that they had anything to do with her grandfather because even her father didn't really remember him, since his father died when he was seven. "Even I don't have a clear memory of him so it doesn't have to matter to you at all...'" pg. 63.
2. Why do they choose such young people to help the government?
What I think is the answer to thins question is that the government wants the teens to get the ideas that they are great into their heads since they are still young, and they don't have the same idea about government than the adults have. In the book, it mentions that high school students are the Red Guards, and that middle school students also want to be Red Guards, but they can't. That is why they come up with the idea of becoming Red Successors. The kids think that what the government is doing is right because they don't have a full/clear view of what it really is, and how bad it can be. The government is taking advantage of who is younger with less experiences, making them think that they are the ones that have the power over the ones who should just because of a title. As is written in pg. 42, "One was titled, 'Teacher Li, abuser of the Young. " The student had failed to hand in her homework on time, and Teacher Li had told her to copy the assignment over five times as punishment." the students were taking control, and saying things about the teachers that would make them think that they were the ones in control over the teachers.
3. On page 72, Jiang Ji-li and her classmates find out that there would be no more junior high school entrance examination. What was the cause for there to be such a change? Should Jiang Ji-li be worried or happy?
I think that Jiang Ji-li should feel both happy and worried. To begin with, worried because her family background could interfere into the school she was always planning to go to. As Jiang Ji-li wonders on page 73, "Without and entrance exam, how could I be sure of getting into Shi-yi? What could I do to make up for my family background?" this is when she starts to worry that her family background would interfere with her educational dream of going to Shi-yi. I was also upset that Jiang Ji-li was going through so much because of her family class status, and she was probably going to have her dreams crushed again because of the same thing that wasn't really her fault. Therefore, there was one point when both of us changed out minds into thinking that she actually had a chance. It was on page 74, when Teacher Gu says, "'I have some good news for you.[...] Ji-li, all the sixth-grade teachers agreed to assign you to Shi-yi Junior High." For some time there she was happy, she should be happy, until she hears rumors that the teachers' assignments had been canceled. To confirm, she went to Teacher Gu. Indeed they were. Not only that, she was to go to the same high school as Du Hai and Yin Lan-lan because the kids in the same neighborhood were to go to the same high school. Ji-li should be worried about that because they are probably going to pick on her in high school just as they did for the past month or so. The thing is she should still keep her hopes up just like Teacher Gu said on page 78, "'Things are bound to change for the better."