1#: Do you think that the people in the cultural revolution " brainwashed " the citizens so they would think that Chairman Mao only did good things?
I think that they "brainwashed" societies heads because they only told positive things about Chairman Mao and said that everybody that opposed him was bad and had to be punished. This really influenced the people and this didn't enable them to form their one opinions about the revolution, so everybody thought that Chairman Mao was going to completely change China into a better country and his regime was perfect. This was a kind of brainwashing because they made up the population's opinion so they could manipulate them into doing what they wanted to support the regime.
2#: Do you think that in a way Ji-Li lost a part of her childhood?
I do think that Ji-Li important part of her childhood because, in the beginning of the book, she was immature, she thought that her life and her family were perfect. After a large amount of bad things happening to her, she started to think that the world was unfair and became more mature very rapidly. She didn't have as much fun as she should had if she had a normal childhood. If she hadn't had passed through this, she would have became more mature in a slower rate and she would also had experienced things that are usually common at her age.
3#: How would you feel if your family members had to do chores for the government even though they were not able to do them very well and the only thing you could do would be to sit down and watch them?
I would fell very terrible and I would also fell a huge desire to help them. If I saw my grandmother doing chores that should not be done by an elderly person, the first thing I would do would be to help her. I would have suffered a lot if I were in Ji-Li's position and I couldn't help my grandmother.