The Joy Luck Club Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 shocked the anger out of her mother by _______________________________________.

2. Jeing-mei learns that her mother's lost babies ______________________________________.

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

4. Ying-Ying feels that both she and her grown daughter are ______________.

5. A man on the street leers and acts threatening to Lena's mother. Her mother feels this happened because ______________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

6. 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.

7. Why is Bing's name written in erasable pencil in the Bible's Death section?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Write a small, authentic Chinese cookbook, complete with recipes using some of the odd and unusual ingredients used in Chinese cooking. Note the creativity used in Chinese recipes, the origins of which were used out of necessity and to make use of what was available. No microwave recipes allowed!

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