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. Jing-Mei Woo travels to China with ____________________-.

2. Lena and Harold are both _________________.

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

4. The grandmother imagines the baby in this parable to be ________________________.

5. What the daughter sees in the mirror is _____________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Does Rose grow in this chapter?

4. 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?

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a history of the game of Mah Jong, and provide a general description of how the game is played. Is it still a popular custom with the Chinese? What other games can it be compared to? Is it a game of concentration and focus, or simple entertainment and chance?

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

On page 22 of The Joy Luck Club, Suyuan Woo describes the effects of war on the town of Kweilin. In effect, people from all walks of life became more equal in the midst of a disaster. Write an expository essay about events that tend to "level the playing field" in our society, whether as a whole or in groups or sectors. Consider natural disasters, economic disasters, political and other events.

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