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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. In Chinese culture, respect for one's ancestors is called ___________.

2. The event that clouds An-Mei's early memory of her mother was _________________________________________________.

3. Rose realizes that fate is shaped half by expectation, and _________________________.

4. Waverly replaces the missing chess pieces with _____________________.

5. The old woman wants to use perfect English to explain ________________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Waverly Place Jong is named after the street she lives on in San Francisco. Discuss other instances where children are named after localities, ideas or unusual things.

4. Why would Lindo begin to think of her cruel husband as a god?

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

6. Jing-Mei Woo's mother has great expectations of her daughter. Why is she like this?

7. How could a woman with twin babies leave them at the side of the road?

8. Is Ying-Ying a neglected child?

9. Does the little girl fall from the bicycle because her mother is right, or because she is afraid her mother is right, or is it just a chance circumstance?

10. What is the difference between the little girl's response to her mother's admonishment about riding the bicycle, and the response that one of these older women might have had to their mothers' warnings years ago?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Write a small, authentic Chinese cookbook, complete with recipes using some of the odd and unusual ingredients used in Chinese cooking. Note the creativity used in Chinese recipes, the origins of which were used out of necessity and to make use of what was available. No microwave recipes allowed!

Essay Topic 3

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.

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