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. For dinner, Jing-mei and Canning share with his relatives ____________________________.

2. What does the jade pendant symbolize?

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

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

5. Old Mr. Chou is ___________________________________.

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. 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?

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

4. What is the purpose of a mother trying to impose her own values on her daughter's life?

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

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

7. Does Ying-Ying love her husband, Saint?

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

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

10. Does Rose grow in this chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Every year people are swept out to sea while vacationing at the beaches on the Pacific coastline. Rose Hsu's younger brother, Bing, got into a particularly precarious position before losing his life in the powerful ocean. Research and write an essay about the several predictable things that people do, or things that they ignore at the coast, that can prove dangerous and sometimes fatal. (This information is readily available from California, Oregon and Washington government agencies.) Why is this such an ongoing problem?

Essay Topic 2

Suyuan Woo made the decision to leave her two small babies at the side of the road out of pure desperation, hoping that someone would find them and care for them, since she could not. She spent her adult life trying to find her lost daughters. Write a persuasive essay about the pros and cons of adoption and take a position. Don't forget to comment on laws that prevent or allow biological parents and children to contact one another.

Essay Topic 3

In The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan weaves together a series of events from the past and present, as well as a series of characters whose lives have intersected. To help you understand the story more fully, write an essay divided into four parts, describing each mother, and each daughter, their past circumstances, their current situations, and their relationships.

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