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Multiple Choice Questions
1. How does Jing-Mei describe her school achievements in “Two Kinds”?
(a) I didn’t get straight A’s
(b) I flunked every class twice
(c) I got straight A’s
(d) I skipped two grades
2. How does Jing-Mei describe the secondhand piano that her parents bought for her?
(a) It was used like a kitchen table for years
(b) It was the showpiece of our living room
(c) It was the eyesore of our household
(d) It was so ratty we kept it in the basement
3. Jing-Mei describes the fingers of Mr. Chong’s mother as feeling like what?
(a) A dead person’s
(b) A fat baby’s
(c) The inside of an oyster
(d) A jellyfish
4. When Jing-Mei has a revelation while staring at herself in the bathroom mirror as a child, she says, “I had new thoughts, willful thoughts, or rather thoughts willed with lots of” what?
5. What musical term from the story refers to a group of notes taken in ascending or descending order within the compass of one octave?
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the neighborhood called where Jing-Mei’s family lives when she’s a child?
2. 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”?
3. At what time does Jing-Mei have access to Mr. Chong’s piano for her daily practice sessions when she begins studying with him?
4. Where does Jing-Mei live while growing up?
5. How does Jing-Mei describe the Schumann piece that she was to play at the talent show?
Short Essay Questions
1. In what ways does Suyuan Woo lack in communication with her daughter in the beginning of the story?
2. What “transformation” does Jing-Mei undergo while looking into the mirror as a child?
3. What performer fascinates Suyuan Woo while watching the Ed Sullivan Show early in the story? How does Jing-Mei respond?
4. What does Jing-Mei find when she takes her bow after her performance at 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. How does Jing-Mei feel about her mother’s ambitions for her at first when she is a child?
7. What arrangement is made between Suyuan Woo and Mr. Chong in regards to Jing-Mei’s piano study and practice?
8. How does the concept of identity relate centrally to the conflicts in “Two Kinds”?
9. How do Jing-Mei’s feelings about her mother’s ambitions begin to change early in the story? What causes her feelings to change?
10. 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?
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