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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In this parable, the corner represents ________________________________.

2. The winner of the American Mah Jong game takes home _________________________.

3. The woman's feels her daughter __________________.

4. Lindo Jong's family treated her ________________________________.

5. What frightens Jing-mei the most is that _______________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss why Lindo's clever scheme works on her mother-in-law.

3. 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?

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

5. Discuss the "scar" reference. How did it happen and why?

6. Discuss how it is that the Italian girl next door provides a sense of peace for Lena.

7. Ying-Ying has remained a frightened child into her adulthood, and now her daughter is forced to live with Ying-Ying's fears. Why is Ying-Ying St. Clair so afraid?

8. Discuss why the current members of the Joy Luck Club have invested their winnings in the stock market.

9. 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.

10. Is Ying-Ying a neglected child?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ying-ying St. Clair says that as she gets closer to the end of her life, she is more in touch with the beginning. Her memories of her past are becoming clearer and she has developed an overview of her life's patterns and the problems she was not able to overcome. Old age, if one is lucky enough to get there, is a poignant time of life. Write an essay about your own old age. Imagine your children and grandchildren, but mostly formulate in your mind what your goals and aspirations might be for old age. Will you be satisfied with your life? Will you be healthy and active? How might others see you?

Essay Topic 2

The four Chinese women who become friends in America meet in a Chinese Baptist church, which they were attending for practical reasons. What possible connections could Christianity have to their earlier religious beliefs in China? Did they all eventually accept Christianity over their old religion?

Essay Topic 3

Many Chinese people settled in San Francisco during the 1800s. What was it about San Francisco that drew them during that particular period of time? Write an essay and describe the impetus for coming to California. Did the Chinese generally stay and make homes here? Were they readily accepted in the U.S. What were their particular challenges here?

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