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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Ying-Ying feels that both she and her grown daughter are ______________.
(a) Angry
(b) Depressed
(c) Lost
(d) Afraid

2. Jing Mei is afraid that if she does not find the prodigy in herself she will _________________________-.
(a) Not learn to play chess
(b) Always be nothing
(c) Not be able to compete with her cousin
(d) Not quite measure up

3. Tyan-Yu was _____________________________.
(a) A sex addict
(b) Like a small child who never grew up
(c) Much like a brave Chinese warrior
(d) An overbearing brute of a husband

4. Waverly's mother wanted Vincent's chess set _________________________.
(a) To have the missing pieces restored
(b) To be thrown away
(c) To be returned to its owner
(d) To be replaced with a new one

5. In this parable, the corner represents ________________________________.
(a) The mother's skewed anxiety
(b) The line between safety and danger
(c) The turning point for the family
(d) The growth process of the child

Short Answer Questions

1. The child in this parable is __________________.

2. The only father An-Mei knows is ___________________.

3. Lena's father's heritage is __________________.

4. The child of this Chinese mother proves to be ______________________________.

5. An-Mei's mother shows up ___________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Jing-Mei satisfied to hit the wrong notes on the piano?

2. What triggers Ying-Ying's early memory of her traumatic fall from the family boat?

3. Discuss the unusual circumstances under which Lena lives.

4. Discuss Waverly's mother's response to Waverly's success. Why might a daughter of Lindo Jong be seen as special? Why would Lindo want to brag and grandstand her daughter?

5. The parable is obviously based on a current-day story in which one of the mothers in the book tries to warn her daughter of her superstitions. Discuss other instances in the book up until this point where mothers feel they know so much more than their daughters.

6. An-Mei has an interesting way of storing her Bible. Discuss where the Bible is kept, and why.

7. Discuss Ying-Ying's mental state and some of its origins.

8. The woman wishes for a daughter just like herself, but there are some caveats. Discuss the things she does not want for her daughter.

9. June Woo started the American Joy Luck Club because she sensed the grief in the other Chinese people she met here. How does the club help June Woo deal with her own tragic memories?

10. The imagery of the woman fluttering her arms when the swan is taken from her is sad. What does it imply?

(see the answer keys)

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