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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. After Jing-Mei’s performance at the talent show, she says, “We could have escaped during intermission.” What does she say “must have anchored my parents to their chairs”?
(a) A need to punish me further
(b) Pride and some strange sense of honor
(c) A desire to not be shown up by their neighbors
(d) A love for music

2. 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?
(a) It sounded like my mother’s voice
(b) It sounded even richer than I remembered
(c) It sounded like there was a dying cat inside
(d) It sounded softer and more brittle than I remembered

3. What does Jing-Mei’s mother tell her on the phone that she has when offering her the piano for her birthday?
(a) Natural talent
(b) Children who might want to learn
(c) Lots of money
(d) Practiced skill

4. What college does Jing-Mei say she didn’t get into, causing more disappointment for her mother?
(a) Stanford
(b) Yale
(c) Oxford
(d) Emerson

5. What does Jing-Mei say to defend the young piano player on The Ed Sullivan Show when her mother criticizes her performance?
(a) I’m sure she’s practiced. Her parents have money for good training
(b) I think her playing sounds beautiful. I don’t know what you’re talking about
(c) She’s pretty good. Maybe she’s not the best, but she’s trying hard
(d) She’s not that good, but she’s got a great dress and demeanor

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year did the film Bright Eyes bring Shirley Temple international fame?

2. Of her childhood and the ambitions that Jing-Mei and her mother felt for her at this time, she says in the beginning of the story, “In all of my imaginings, I was filled with a sense that I would soon become” what?

3. How does Jing-Mei describe her mother’s first children in the beginning of the story?

4. What similarity does Amy Tan share with Jing-Mei from “Two Kinds”?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the narrative style of the story. Who is the narrator and how is her perspective defined?

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

3. How does Jing-Mei describe the piece she is to play at the talent show? How does she describe her practice for the performance?

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

5. Why do you think the author chose to set the story (and the others in The Joy Luck Club) in San Francisco?

6. How does Jing-Mei describe Mr. Chong when she begins piano lessons with him? What does she secretly nickname him?

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

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

9. How does Jing-Mei describe her performance at the talent show?

10. How does Jing-Mei describe her mother’s immigration to America in the opening of the story? What did she leave behind?

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