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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What U.S. President signed the Chinese Exclusion Act into law?
(a) Chester A. Arthur
(b) Teddy Roosevelt
(c) Franklin D. Roosevelt
(d) James McCarthy

2. Jing-Mei says that Mr. Chong would have her curve her hand around what object and then keep that shape while playing chords?
(a) An apple
(b) A potato
(c) A penny
(d) A rope

3. Where does Jing-Mei find her exercise notes and secondhand music books at the end of the story?
(a) In a box in the attic
(b) Under her mother’s bed
(c) In the piano bench
(d) In a notebook in the basement

4. “Two Kinds” is a short story from Amy Tan’s book The Joy Luck Club. This collection of short stories revolves around the lives of Chinese immigrant women who form a club and play what game?
(a) Bridge
(b) Mah-jongg
(c) Chinese checkers
(d) Chess

5. Jing-Mei describes her childhood ambitions in the beginning of the story by comparing herself to “Cinderella stepping from her pumpkin carriage with” what type of music “filling the air”?
(a) Black-and-white movie music
(b) Sparkly cartoon music
(c) Whispering music
(d) Old-timey piano music

6. How many days after the talent show is it when Jing-Mei is surprised that her mother insists she practice piano?
(a) 3
(b) 4
(c) 2
(d) 5

7. When was Shirley Temple born?
(a) 1911
(b) 1928
(c) 1937
(d) 1959

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

9. What musical term from the story refers to a group of notes taken in ascending or descending order within the compass of one octave?
(a) Scale
(b) Treble
(c) Bass
(d) Sonata

10. When Jing-Mei and her mother get into an argument about Jing-Mei beginning piano lessons, Jing-Mei’s mother exclaims, “If she had as much talent as she has temper, she would be” what?
(a) Famous now
(b) A better daughter
(c) Easier to deal with
(d) Rich now

11. What word from the story mean to find fault in, blame, or censure?
(a) Reproach
(b) Tolerate
(c) Adulterate
(d) Confiscate

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

13. What does the piano symbolize in “Two Kinds”?
(a) Jing-Mei’s mother’s ambitions for her
(b) Jing-Mei’s love for her father
(c) Jing-Mei’s belief in a higher spiritual being
(d) Jing-Mei’s longing for cultural resonance

14. How many sons does Auntie Lindo have in the story?
(a) 1
(b) 4
(c) 3
(d) 2

15. What musical term in the story refers to the sounding of notes in a chord in rapid succession instead of simultaneously?”
(a) Bass
(b) Sonata
(c) Arpeggio
(d) Trill

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the neighborhood called where Jing-Mei’s family lives when she’s a child?

2. For how long does Jing-Mei say she practiced piano with Mr. Chong before she overheard her mother and Auntie Lindo bragging about their children?

3. When was author Amy Tan born?

4. In the 1993 film adaptation of The Joy Luck Club, what actress played the role of Jing-Mei?

5. What literary term refers to a short impressionistic scene that focuses on one moment or gives a trenchant impression about a character, idea, setting, or object?

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