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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. The old woman wants to use perfect English to explain ________________________________.
(a) The story of the swan to her daughter
(b) Her predicament to customs
(c) Her reasons for leaving China
(d) Her sister's unfortunate situation

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

3. An-Mei Hsu grew up with ___________________________________.
(a) Her mother and father
(b) Her auntie and uncle
(c) Her grandmother and her little brother
(d) Her father and her little brother

4. Which kind of daughter did Jing-mei's mother want?
(a) Focused
(b) Rebellious
(c) Obedient
(d) Free spirited

5. An-Mei Hsu uses her Bible as ___________________________________.
(a) An excuse for all of her bad experiences
(b) A family history
(c) A stabilizer under the leg of her table
(d) A crutch to try to be right about everything

Short Answer Questions

1. Waverly replaces the missing chess pieces with _____________________.

2. The woman transported the swan ____________________________.

3. In the city, a new type of thinking allows _________________________________.

4. Lena's paranoia is increased by ___________________________________________.

5. The woman's plans for the swan involve _________________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the reason that An-Mei's mother is considered a "ghost" and does not live with her children.

2. Discuss why the woman has never told her daughter about the single feather she kept from the swan.

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

4. Lindo Jong became the property of her husband's family long before she went to live with them. Discuss how this changed the way her mother perceived her and treated her.

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

6. This parable is loaded with symbolism. Since the old woman paid a "foolish sum" for the swan, and then loses it, what might this symbolize?

7. Why would Lindo begin to think of her cruel husband as a god?

8. Since the little girl is too young to be told about them all, discuss what some of the twenty-six malignant gates might be.

9. Jing-Mei Woo's mother and Waverly Jong's mother compete through their daughters' failures and successes. Are the two women friends?

10. What is the difference between the little girl's response to her mother's admonishment about riding the bicycle, and the response that one of these older women might have had to their mothers' warnings years ago?

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