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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where did author Amy Tan grow up?
(a) New Orleans, Louisiana
(b) New York, New York
(c) Oakland, California
(d) Chicago, Illinois

2. What word from the narrative means under a magical trance?
(a) Trilled
(b) Bewitched
(c) Engulfed
(d) Elated

3. 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 should really be a singer
(c) You did a wonderful job
(d) You aren’t a genius like me

4. Jing-Mei is to play a song from what Schumann opus at the talent show?
(a) Album for the Young
(b) Flower Piece
(c) Scenes from Childhood
(d) Butterflies

5. What sensation does Jing-Mei describe as she begins hitting one wrong note after another during the talent show?
(a) A chill started at the top of my head and began to trickle down
(b) A burning sensation in my heart and then an inability to breathe
(c) I felt a wave of terror and then everything went black
(d) A shiver of excitement started in my hands and spread up my arms

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Who is the only person applauding when Jing-Mei looks up from her curtsy at the talent show?

3. During what years did The Ed Sullivan Show air on television?

4. Of her first lessons with Mr. Chong, Jing-Mei says, “I would play after him, the simple scale, the simple chord and then I just played some nonsense that sounded like” what?

5. How does Jing-Mei describe Auntie Lindo’s smile when she looks out at the audience before beginning her piano solo at the talent show?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jing-Mei’s mother look after her performance at the talent show? What does Jing-Mei think as she watches the following performances?

2. How does Suyuan Woo go about discovering her daughter’s “genius” in the beginning of the story?

3. How does the concept of identity relate centrally to the conflicts in “Two Kinds”?

4. How does Suyuan Woo develop and maintain her sense of identity in the story?

5. What does Jing-Mei discover about Mr. Chong’s disabilities as she studies with him? How does this discovery influence her actions?

6. What are Suyuan Woo’s views of opportunity in America, as noted by the narrator in the opening of the story?

7. What offer does Jing-Mei’s mother make her approaching Jing-Mei’s thirtieth birthday?

8. Who attends the talent show when Jing-Mei performs? How does Jing-Mei take the stage?

9. How does Jing-Mei describe the piano at her parents’ house when she returns following her mother’s death?

10. How do Suyuan Woo’s ambitions in the beginning of the story set up the central conflict in “Two Kinds”?

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