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. Lindo is ashamed that Waverly _________________________.

2. The vase that breaks in the bedroom symbolizes _____________________________.

3. This daughter is tired of her mother's habit of ______________________________.

4. Lindo's oldest son, Winston, ___________________________.

5. Rose being "without wood" symbolizes ________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is An-Mei's family so miserable?

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

3. 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?

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

5. The fact that June Woo's mother has searched for a lifetime for her two daughters, and then dies before she can see them again, is strongly ironic. How might the story have been different if she had lived to make the trip to China and reunited with her daughters?

6. What does Jing-Mei's mother mean when she says that everyone else, with the exception of Jing-Mei, wants the best quality? How is Jing-Mei different?

7. It becomes more obvious in this chapter the kinds of adults that Jing-Mei and Waverly have grown into. Who is more likable?

8. Lindo was a very strong girl, traveling alone and finding her way in San Francisco. How does Waverly compare to her mother in terms of strength and character?

9. Did Lena's mother knock the table over that shattered the vase in her bedroom?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about matchmaking in China. Although this practice was certainly not confined to China, it was practiced for several reasons, besides simply tradition. Research and understand the importance of this process, and share it in an essay, with examples and illustrations.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The Moon Festival is a very important Chinese holiday. Research this holiday and write an essay on what it means, how it is celebrated, the food, the rituals, the time of year and all the implications of the Moon Festival. Finally, determine whether Americans celebrate anything similar. If so, compare and contrast the two.

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