1. Why do you think Grandma didn't want Ji-li to be watch the search?
Ji-li said, "I was not sure who Grandma was worried about, the Red Guards or Mrs. Rong, but it was clear that she did not want us involved," and I agree. I think that Grandma might have been worried mostly about the Red Guards. Especially because Ji-li said she wanted to go see what they had gotten from the houses. First of all, I don't understand why Ji-li would want to look at what they had gotten, because that's really dangerous. Also, Ji-li already said that it was obvious that Grandma didn't was them involved and I agree. I think Grandma didn't want them there just because she is such a nice person, I think it's not only because of the Red Guards or Mrs. Rong, but in any situation, Grandma just wants to protect Ji-li.
2. Why do you think the boy went to hit a gong?
Honestly, I have no idea why the boy would randomly hit a gong. In the book everyone is just chatting in small groups and then he just comes and hits a gong. I just think that is the most random thing he could have done at that time in the story. Especially because after the boy hit the gong, the boy ran to hide behind his father. Did he want to say something and then he got nervous? Or maybe was he just playing and he didn't really expect everyone to stop and look at him?
3. Why do you think Ji-li hates her grandfather? Should she really be saying that?
Ji-li said, "I hated my grandfather," but I think that's kind of mean. Yes, he was a landlord and that's why she can't be a Liberation Army Dancer, but he is still her grandfather. He is still part of her family, and I don't think she should say that. I think she can say she dislikes him just for that reason, but "hate" is such a harsh word. What if her grandpa was one of the most caring people she would have ever met, and it's not her fault she doesn't really remember him, but just because all she knows about him is that he was a landlord, she doesn't have a reason the hate him.