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. The Twenty Six Malignant Gates is about _____________________________________________.
2. The Hsu family went to beach so that Rose's father could __________________________.
3. When Teresa and her family get over their anger, and hug and kiss, Lena ______________________________________.
4. Lena St. Clair's mother appears to be _______________________.
5. The eternal aspect of Lindo's marriage was symbolized _________________________________.
Short Essay Questions
1. Rose's mother, An-Mei Hsu, has raised quite a large family in America. What might have made her want so many children?
2. Discuss why the woman has never told her daughter about the single feather she kept from the swan.
3. What is the purpose of a mother trying to impose her own values on her daughter's life?
4. 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?
5. Does Ying-Ying love her husband, Saint?
6. Why would Lindo begin to think of her cruel husband as a god?
7. Why might it be that Jing-Mei continues to be a failure?
8. Why did An-Mei feel she had no choice but to marry Wu Tsing?
9. Discuss why Lindo's clever scheme works on her mother-in-law.
10. 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?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
On page 22 of The Joy Luck Club, Suyuan Woo describes the effects of war on the town of Kweilin. In effect, people from all walks of life became more equal in the midst of a disaster. Write an expository essay about events that tend to "level the playing field" in our society, whether as a whole or in groups or sectors. Consider natural disasters, economic disasters, political and other events.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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