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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. Suyuan Woo feels that by wearing the jade pendant, Jing-mei will _____________________________.
2. In Peking, Lindo paid a Chinese girl to ____________________________.
3. Ying-Ying feels that her daughter's home _________________________.
4. Rich Schields makes several mistakes at dinner, the worst being ___________________________________.
5. An-Mei's mother was not always a fourth wife, but was once a _______________________.
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
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. Does Rose grow in this chapter?
4. Discuss what is meant in this chapter by "double face."
5. Why does Lena have such a strange financial relationship with Harold?
6. Why does Rose's mother say that Rose is without wood?
7. In this chapter we learn the origin of Bing's name. What is it?
8. Why is An-Mei's family so miserable?
9. Why did An-Mei feel she had no choice but to marry Wu Tsing?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Research and write a biography on the author, Amy Tan. In addition to general information about Tan, draw some conclusions as to how and why she knows so much about a time before she was alive. Is her material all from personal experience or is it researched?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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