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. Ying-Ying feels that her daughter's home _________________________.

2. During an epidemic in Shanghai, Ying-Ying worked in ____________________.

3. An-Mei finds that in Tientsin, she has a __________________.

4. Why will a second mirror help the daughter?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. "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.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The older Chinese women in this story experienced certain aspects of severe female oppression while in China. At the heart of this story is the message of how our own past is imprinted on our children, regardless of how different their lives are. Write an essay about how the experiences of each of the older Chinese women in the story purposely, or inadvertently, passed on certain attitudes and viewpoints about women and their roles to their American daughters. Discuss the impact on their daughters, as well.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The four Chinese women who become friends in America meet in a Chinese Baptist church, which they were attending for practical reasons. What possible connections could Christianity have to their earlier religious beliefs in China? Did they all eventually accept Christianity over their old religion?

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