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. Rose being "without wood" symbolizes ________________________.

2. Lindo's mother told her as a child that _________________________________.

3. Waverly gives up chess for good because she ________________________________-.

4. How did Lena's eating problem manifest itself?

5. Rich's reaction to his unintended insults toward Lindo was _________________________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. Discuss what is meant in this chapter by "double face."

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

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. How does it affect Jing-Mei to meet her long lost sisters in China?

9. Does Rose grow in this chapter?

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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