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
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
Write a history of the game of Mah Jong, and provide a general description of how the game is played. Is it still a popular custom with the Chinese? What other games can it be compared to? Is it a game of concentration and focus, or simple entertainment and chance?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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