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

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

3. By the time that Jing-Mei is preparing to play in the talent recital, her parents have bought her what kind of secondhand piano?
(a) A Steinway upright
(b) A Wurlitzer spinet
(c) A Förster upright
(d) A Steinway grand

4. Jing-Mei describes Mr. Chong’s mother as having a particular smell about her of what?
(a) Baked apple pies and the smell of autumn
(b) Fresh flowers and stale perfume
(c) Freshly mowed grass and spring
(d) A baby that had done something in its pants

5. Of Auntie Lindo, Jing-Mei’s mother says in the beginning of the story, “Her daughter, she is only best” what?
(a) Chess champion
(b) Tricky
(c) Student
(d) At trying

Short Answer Questions

1. What musical term from Jing-Mei’s piano lessons means characterized by abruptness and disconnectedness?

2. When the instructor of the beauty school has to cut off Jing-Mei’s hair because of the bad perm, she tells Jing-Mei’s mother that what play is very popular these days?

3. 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?

4. What does the phrase “Ni kan” translate to, according to the narrator?

5. What does Jing-Mei’s mother do to earn money for the family when Jing-Mei is a child?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the most significant element of the communication and culture gaps between Jing-Mei and her mother in the story?

4. How does Jing-Mei’s mother respond when Jing-Mei refuses to practice piano after the talent show?

5. What does Jing-Mei overhear her mother and Auntie Lindo talking about after she’s studied piano for a year?

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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