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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. Jing Mei is afraid that if she does not find the prodigy in herself she will _________________________-.

2. What young Jing-Mei senses is that she will soon _________________________.

3. Ying-Ying, or Betty, is consumed with ______________.

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

5. Waverly Jong learned the finer points of chess from ___________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What might Ying Ying have been planning to ask the Moon Lady for if she had not become lost?

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

7. The soup An-Mei's mother made for her dying mother was the ultimate show of love for her mother. What does it symbolize?

8. Waverly's unusual talent becomes a reason to pamper and spoil her. Does she appreciate this treatment? How does it affect her?

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

10. It becomes more obvious in this chapter the kinds of adults that Jing-Mei and Waverly have grown into. Who is more likable?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The older Chinese women in this story experienced certain aspects of severe female oppression while in China. At the heart of this story is the message of how our own past is imprinted on our children, regardless of how different their lives are. Write an essay about how the experiences of each of the older Chinese women in the story purposely, or inadvertently, passed on certain attitudes and viewpoints about women and their roles to their American daughters. Discuss the impact on their daughters, as well.

Essay Topic 2

There are many references in this story to the invasion of China by Japan. Write an expository essay revealing why Japan invaded China and what it hoped to gain by this. What were the circumstances of the war that made China vulnerable? What was the outcome between the two countries? Did China accomplish what it hoped to by invading Japan?

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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