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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 woman intends to learn in America how to __________________________________.
2. "Popo" is An-Mei's ________________________.
3. The woman's plans for the swan involve _________________________________.
4. How was Ying-Ying rescued from the water?
5. Jing-mei's piano teacher is ________________________.
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Why might it be that Jing-Mei continues to be a failure?
3. What is it that worries the women about Jing-Mei's visit to China?
4. Jing-Mei Woo's mother has great expectations of her daughter. Why is she like this?
5. Discuss the unusual circumstances under which Lena lives.
6. What does Lindo's snuffing the candle out signify?
7. Waverly's unusual talent becomes a reason to pamper and spoil her. Does she appreciate this treatment? How does it affect her?
8. Discuss the reason that An-Mei's mother is considered a "ghost" and does not live with her children.
9. 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.
10. Discuss why Lindo's clever scheme works on her mother-in-law.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
This section contains 980 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)