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. Lindo was able to convince her in-laws to end her marriage by ______________________________.

2. Waverly's anger toward her mother is because ________________________.

3. What was Ying-Ying feeling at the end of the Moon Lady play?

4. The Mah Jong tiles are arranged into ___________________.

5. At the Mah Jong table, Suyuan Woo always sat _________________________-.

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. 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.

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

4. What does Lindo's snuffing the candle out signify?

5. Why is Waverly disrespectful of her mother?

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

7. Why did An-Mei's mother return to her sister's home where she was so unwanted and rejected? Was her mother the person An-Mei had thought she was?

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

9. How could a woman with twin babies leave them at the side of the road?

10. The woman wishes for a daughter just like herself, but there are some caveats. Discuss the things she does not want for her daughter.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan weaves together a series of events from the past and present, as well as a series of characters whose lives have intersected. To help you understand the story more fully, write an essay divided into four parts, describing each mother, and each daughter, their past circumstances, their current situations, and their relationships.

Essay Topic 3

Gold, as a medium of exchange, has been highly valued for centuries. Do some research on gold and write an essay on the early origins of its use, why it retains its value, and how it is used today. Form your own opinions as to the future of the value of gold, and give your reasons for your opinions.

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