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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Jing-Mei describe her school achievements in “Two Kinds”?
(a) I didn’t get straight A’s
(b) I flunked every class twice
(c) I got straight A’s
(d) I skipped two grades

2. While watching the young piano prodigy on The Ed Sullivan Show with her mother, Jing-Mei says, “In spite of these warning signs, I wasn’t worried.” Why was Jing-Mei not concerned?
(a) Her family couldn’t afford to buy a piano and lessons
(b) Her mother didn’t enjoy the sound of the piano
(c) Her mother knew she was tone deaf
(d) Her parents believed piano music was immoral

3. When did the Japanese invasion of China take place, leading Jing-Mei’s mother to flee China?
(a) 1937
(b) 1929
(c) 1943
(d) 1911

4. How does Jing-Mei describe her mother’s first children in the beginning of the story?
(a) Twin baby girls
(b) A boy and a girl
(c) Three sons
(d) Twin baby boys

5. At what time does Jing-Mei’s mother insist that Jing-Mei begin her piano practice following the talent show fiasco?
(a) 3
(b) 4
(c) 7
(d) 6

6. As Jing-Mei walks back to her seat after her performance in the talent show, she overhears a little boy say to his mother, “That was awful.” What does the boy’s mother reply?
(a) Shh. She’s right there
(b) She was wonderful
(c) She was terrible
(d) Well, she certainly tried

7. How old is the little girl on The Ed Sullivan Show that Jing-Mei and her mother watch playing piano?
(a) 12
(b) 9
(c) 16
(d) 3

8. What is Auntie Lindo’s last name in the story?
(a) Hsu
(b) Woo
(c) St. Clair
(d) Jong

9. How does Jing-Mei describe the look on her mother’s face when Jing-Mei looks up from her curtsey after her piano solo in the talent show?
(a) Joyful
(b) Proud
(c) Confused
(d) Stricken

10. What does Auntie Lindo’s daughter say matter-of-factly to Jing-Mei after her performance at the talent show?
(a) You’re not as talented as you think you are
(b) You did a wonderful job
(c) You should really be a singer
(d) You aren’t a genius like me

11. In what year did the film Bright Eyes bring Shirley Temple international fame?
(a) 1959
(b) 1934
(c) 1948
(d) 1951

12. Describing her mother’s reaction to her hurtful words, Jing-Mei says, “she backed out of the room, stunned, as if she were blowing away like” what?
(a) A wisp of hair, broken and abandoned
(b) A dandelion in the autumn sunset
(c) A small brown leaf, thin, brittle, lifeless
(d) A paper sack, dull and soiled

13. How does Jing-Mei describe the Schumann piece that she was to play at the talent show?
(a) It was a difficult, multi-layered piece that sounded less difficult than it was
(b) It was a textured piece that showed off skills that I didn’t even have
(c) It was a strong and powerful piece, one that I loved
(d) It was a simple, moody piece that sounded more difficult than it was

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. From what opera does Jing-Mei describe the “breasted girl with white makeup” singing from at the talent show?

2. Jing-Mei describes Mr. Chong’s mother as having a particular smell about her of what?

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

4. The majority of the narrative of “Two Kinds” is related from what perspective?

5. What musical term in the story refers to the sounding of notes in a chord in rapid succession instead of simultaneously?”

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