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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. In the city, a new type of thinking allows _________________________________.

3. In order to promote her fertility, Lindo was given ________________________.

4. The clothes Ying-Ying wears for the Moon Festival are ________________________.

5. Auntie had a tongue "like hungry scissors _________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. The soup An-Mei's mother made for her dying mother was the ultimate show of love for her mother. What does it symbolize?

2. Why is Jing-Mei satisfied to hit the wrong notes on the piano?

3. 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?

4. Why is Waverly disrespectful of her mother?

5. Discuss the reason that An-Mei's mother is considered a "ghost" and does not live with her children.

6. Discuss why the current members of the Joy Luck Club have invested their winnings in the stock market.

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 Waverly's mother's response to Waverly's success. Why might a daughter of Lindo Jong be seen as special? Why would Lindo want to brag and grandstand her daughter?

9. Discuss Ying-Ying's mental state and some of its origins.

10. The parable is obviously based on a current-day story in which one of the mothers in the book tries to warn her daughter of her superstitions. Discuss other instances in the book up until this point where mothers feel they know so much more than their daughters.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

Research and write a biography on the author, Amy Tan. In addition to general information about Tan, draw some conclusions as to how and why she knows so much about a time before she was alive. Is her material all from personal experience or is it researched?

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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