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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. The old woman wants to use perfect English to explain ________________________________.
2. When she was bored, Jing-mei ________________________________.
3. The old woman who buys a swan eventually _____________________________.
4. Waverly Jong learned the finer points of chess from ___________________.
5. Rose had to care for her brothers to learn ________________________.
Short Essay Questions
1. Discuss why Lindo's clever scheme works on her mother-in-law.
2. Discuss why the woman has never told her daughter about the single feather she kept from the swan.
3. The woman wishes for a daughter just like herself, but there are some caveats. Discuss the things she does not want for her daughter.
4. Discuss why the current members of the Joy Luck Club have invested their winnings in the stock market.
5. Waverly Place Jong is named after the street she lives on in San Francisco. Discuss other instances where children are named after localities, ideas or unusual things.
6. Discuss the reason that An-Mei's mother is considered a "ghost" and does not live with her children.
7. Why might it be that Jing-Mei continues to be a failure?
8. How could a woman with twin babies leave them at the side of the road?
9. The imagery of the woman fluttering her arms when the swan is taken from her is sad. What does it imply?
10. 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.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Do a thorough re-read of The Joy Luck Club and scan for recurring devices that make the story come alive. They are subtle, but you will notice that Amy Tan meticulously plants them in the right places to give her story consistency and to give her readers a real sense of her culture. One example is how she uses "smells" throughout the story - the smells from the sewer in Kweilin, Lindo learning to smell the toilets to be sure they were clean and being able to detect the amount of salt in a soup by its smell, the cat putting a stink on Suyuan's door, the smelly crab -- these are just a few instances.
Essay Topic 2
San Francisco's Chinatown has always held a mysterious fascination for tourists and outsiders, perhaps because the Chinese in this area held on to their old customs and did not readily meld with Americans. Research and write about San Francisco's Chinatown, its origins, its development and the present-day culture there.
Essay Topic 3
Finding out the truth about the Moon Lady was a disappointment for young Ying-Ying St. Clair that may have set the tone for her life. Write a personal essay about a disappointment you have experienced that has had some lasting impact on your life. Could it have been avoided? Do you have a better understanding of the event now?
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