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. What is the supposed effect of a mirror at the foot of the bed?

2. Jing-mei's job is that of a _____________________.

3. This daughter is tired of her mother's habit of ______________________________.

4. An-Mei's mother makes life in Tientsin sound __________________________________.

5. Rose Hu's confession that her marriage is ending prompts An-Mei to __________________________________-.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Lindo knows Waverly's weak spots, and pokes at them. Discuss what they are.

3. Does Rose grow in this chapter?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a small, authentic Chinese cookbook, complete with recipes using some of the odd and unusual ingredients used in Chinese cooking. Note the creativity used in Chinese recipes, the origins of which were used out of necessity and to make use of what was available. No microwave recipes allowed!

Essay Topic 2

Do a thorough re-read of The Joy Luck Club and scan for recurring devices that make the story come alive. They are subtle, but you will notice that Amy Tan meticulously plants them in the right places to give her story consistency and to give her readers a real sense of her culture. One example is how she uses "smells" throughout the story - the smells from the sewer in Kweilin, Lindo learning to smell the toilets to be sure they were clean and being able to detect the amount of salt in a soup by its smell, the cat putting a stink on Suyuan's door, the smelly crab -- these are just a few instances.

Essay Topic 3

Finding out the truth about the Moon Lady was a disappointment for young Ying-Ying St. Clair that may have set the tone for her life. Write a personal essay about a disappointment you have experienced that has had some lasting impact on your life. Could it have been avoided? Do you have a better understanding of the event now?

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