Dreams of Joy: A Novel Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does the Prologue recount?

The prologue recounts the events of "Dreams of Joy's" prequel, "Shanghai Girls". Written from Joy's perspective, the reader learns that Joy has recently discovered her family's plethora of lies.

2. What are some of the lies Joy discovers about her family?

Joy learns that May, who Joy believed to be her mother, is actually her birth mother and Pearl is actually her aunt. Her birth father is an artist named Z.G. who lives in the People's Republic of China.

3. What happens to Joy's stepfather, Sam, and how does Joy feel about it?

The man Joy always believed was her father, Sam, committed suicide by hanging himself after the FBI demanded that he turn in Joy as a communist sympathizer. Rather than harm his family, Sam chose to end his life, and Joy feels solely responsible for his death.

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