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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Jing-Mei do with the Chinese silk dresses she finds when sorting through her mother’s things at the end of the story?
(a) She sells them
(b) She gives them to her father
(c) She gives them to her sister
(d) She takes them home with her

2. From what opera does Jing-Mei describe the “breasted girl with white makeup” singing from at the talent show?
(a) Madame Butterfly
(b) The Phantom of the Opera
(c) Les Miserables
(d) Guys and Dolls

3. What does Jing-Mei’s mother tell her she looks like after she’s been given a bad perm at the beauty school?
(a) Raggedy Anne
(b) A Cupie Doll
(c) Negro Chinese
(d) An orphan

4. What does Jing-Mei wear in her hair at the talent show?
(a) A pink bow
(b) A yellow bow
(c) A gold ribbon
(d) A silver crown

5. How does Jing-Mei say her academic career ended in “Two Kinds”?
(a) She earned a law degree
(b) She earned a bachelor’s degree
(c) She earned a master’s degree
(d) She dropped out of college

6. What is the name of the song that Jing-Mei finds next to the Schumann piece she played for the talent show at the end of the story?
(a) Anita’s Dance
(b) Perfectly Contented
(c) Peter’s Waltz
(d) Pleading Child

7. When Jing-Mei’s mother enrolls her in piano lessons, Jing-Mei says, “I can’t play the piano. And even if I could, I wouldn’t” what?
(a) Go on TV if you paid me a million dollars
(b) Take lessons from Mr. Chong
(c) Be able to play it well enough for your expectations
(d) Play for you

8. Jing-Mei soon learns after beginning her piano lessons with Mr. Chong that he is deaf. He compares himself to what composer, saying “We’re both listening only in our head”?
(a) Beethoven
(b) Berlioz
(c) Chopin
(d) Mozart

9. Jing-Mei describes Mr. Chong when she began piano lessons with him as “very strange, always tapping his fingers to the silent music of” what?
(a) An era long passed
(b) An invisible orchestra
(c) His wife’s heartbeat
(d) An imaginary guitar

10. Jing-Mei describes the fingers of Mr. Chong’s mother as feeling like what?
(a) A fat baby’s
(b) A jellyfish
(c) A dead person’s
(d) The inside of an oyster

11. What does Jing-Mei’s mother do to earn money for the family when Jing-Mei is a child?
(a) She teaches English
(b) She cleans houses
(c) She teaches piano
(d) She cooks at a hotel

12. The majority of the narrative of “Two Kinds” is related from what perspective?
(a) Third-person
(b) First-person
(c) Fourth-person
(d) Second-person

13. Jing-Mei says that her mother offered to give her the piano for her birthday when she turned how old?
(a) 25
(b) 20
(c) 30
(d) 40

14. When was the Chinese Exclusion Act signed into law?
(a) 1882
(b) 1915
(c) 1948
(d) 1862

15. How does Jing-Mei describe her family’s television at the time when her mother watched The Ed Sullivan Show?
(a) The TV was a black and white model but had a good picture
(b) The TV was old and the sound kept shorting out
(c) The TV was brand new but the picture was still blurry
(d) The TV was new and the picture was clear

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the Schumann piece that Jing-Mei is to play at the talent show?

2. Of her mother’s ambitions and her own as a child, Jing-Mei says, “I was like the Christ child lifted out of the straw manger, crying with” what?

3. When Jing-Mei has a revelation while staring at herself in the bathroom mirror as a child, how does she describe the girl who is staring back at her?

4. Where does Jing-Mei describe the piano as standing in her parents’ living room at the end of the story?

5. At the end of the story, Jing-Mei says, “After I had the piano tuned, I opened the lid and touched the keys.” How does she say it sounded?

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