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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 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

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

Suyuan Woo made the decision to leave her two small babies at the side of the road out of pure desperation, hoping that someone would find them and care for them, since she could not. She spent her adult life trying to find her lost daughters. Write a persuasive essay about the pros and cons of adoption and take a position. Don't forget to comment on laws that prevent or allow biological parents and children to contact one another.

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