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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. What does Jing-Mei realize about the song she finds next to the one she played for the talent show at the end of the story?
(a) It is the second half of the same song
(b) It is composed by Mr. Chong
(c) It is the opposite of the previous song
(d) It is composed by her mother

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

3. Jing-Mei describes sitting down nightly with her mother to examine stories of child prodigies when she was a child. The first of these stories is about a boy who knows all the state capitals and most of the European countries at what age?
(a) 3
(b) 12
(c) 5
(d) 2

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

5. 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 gives them to her father
(b) She takes them home with her
(c) She gives them to her sister
(d) She sells them

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Jing-Mei described her family’s kitchen table where she would sit after dinner with her mother during her childhood?

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

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

4. Who does Jing-Mei tell her mother she wishes she were like as they argue about piano practice after the talent show?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jing-Mei describe Mr. Chong’s history in music? How does she describe her first lessons?

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

3. How does Jing-Mei describe her life as she passed from childhood to adulthood? In what ways does she say she disappointed her mother?

4. How does Jing-Mei describe her relationship to the piano after her fallout with her mother after the talent show?

5. In what ways does Suyuan Woo lack in communication with her daughter in the beginning of the story?

6. How does the narrative style in “Two Kinds” shift throughout the story? Why does it shift?

7. How do Suyuan Woo’s actions in the story encourage the wrong responses from her daughter? What effects does this have on Jing-Mei?

8. How does Jing-Mei feel about her mother’s ambitions for her at first when she is a child?

9. What does Jing-Mei find when she takes her bow after her performance at the talent show?

10. What happens when Suyuan Woo quizzes her daughter on country capitals? What other activities does she test out on Jing-Mei when she is young?

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