The Joy Luck Club Test | Final 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. Old Mr. Chou is ___________________________________.

2. Three days of sleeping may have given Rose _________________.

3. The characters in this parable are ______________________________.

4. Ted makes the assumption that ______________________-.

5. Ying-Ying thinks that if she cuts her spirit loose, ______________________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did An-Mei feel she had no choice but to marry Wu Tsing?

2. Does Rose grow in this chapter?

3. "Peach blossom luck" is a feng shui belief that certain objects and angles in a room will influence the happiness and longevity of a marriage. Discuss why or why not this might be possible.

4. Why does Lena have such a strange financial relationship with Harold?

5. Ying-Ying's story is vast and complex, and one that her daughter has never known or understood. Why, in this chapter, has she decided to tell Lena everything about her life?

6. Is there a character in this story who might be represented in this parable?

7. Why does Rose's mother say that Rose is without wood?

8. In this chapter we learn the origin of Bing's name. What is it?

9. What is the purpose of a mother trying to impose her own values on her daughter's life?

10. What is the lesson the woman is trying to impart, and the question she is wanting to have answered?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There are many references in this story to the invasion of China by Japan. Write an expository essay revealing why Japan invaded China and what it hoped to gain by this. What were the circumstances of the war that made China vulnerable? What was the outcome between the two countries? Did China accomplish what it hoped to by invading Japan?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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