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 knows that Chinese people will know that her daughter ___________________.

2. An-Mei's mother told her a story of a tear-eating __________________.

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

4. Suyuan Woo compares Waverly to a crab, saying she _________________________________________.

5. Lena is certain her mother is able to _________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Does Rose grow in this chapter?

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

4. "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.

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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