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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 is the name of the street that Jing-Mei’s family lives on when she is a child?
(a) Oxford Street
(b) Roosevelt Street
(c) Sacramento Street
(d) Jefferson Street

2. Jing-Mei says to her mother as they argue over piano practice after the talent show, “I’ll never be the kind of daughter you want me to be!” Her mother responds, “Only two kinds of daughters.” What are these two kinds?
(a) Those who marry young and those who are old widows
(b) Those who carry their name with pride and those who don’t
(c) Those who are obedient and those who follow their own mind
(d) Those who are respectful and those who are ungrateful

3. What color dress does Jing-Mei describe the girl wearing that she watches playing piano on The Ed Sullivan Show with her mother?
(a) Green
(b) Blue
(c) Yellow
(d) White

4. What does Jing-Mei say she put the sweaters her mother knitted in after she died in the end of the story?
(a) A garbage bag
(b) Moth-proof boxes
(c) An air-tight bag
(d) A wooden chest

5. “Two Kinds” is a short story that was initially published in what periodical in February 1989?
(a) The San Franciscan
(b) Reader’s Digest
(c) The New Yorker
(d) The Atlantic

Short Answer Questions

1. When was the Chinese Exclusion Act signed into law?

2. What “magic word” as in conjuring does Jing-Mei use to describe the effect of her having said hurtful things to her mother during their fight about piano practice?

3. What word does Jing-Mei use to describe Auntie Lindo’s daughter in the narrative?

4. How old is the boy at the talent show that is described as wearing a fake moustache and doing a magic show?

5. Where did Jing-Mei’s mother abandon her first children, hoping for them to become adopted?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the Schumann songs at the end of the story represent symbolically?

2. How do the subjects and themes in Amy Tan’s works relate to those of other Asian American authors?

3. How does Jing-Mei respond to her mother’s offer on her thirtieth birthday?

4. How do Jing-Mei’s feelings about her mother’s ambitions begin to change early in the story? What causes her feelings to change?

5. How does the conflict that marks the climax of the story begin? How much time has passed since Jing-Mei’s performance at the talent show?

6. What comment does Waverly Jong make to Jing-Mei after her performance at the talent show? How does this make Jing-Mei feel?

7. What theme connects “Two Kinds” to the other stories in The Joy Luck Club?

8. What “transformation” does Jing-Mei undergo while looking into the mirror as a child?

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

10. How and when did the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act influence immigration in the U.S.?

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