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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What refers to circular toys that are twirled around the waist, and that some of the children used at the talent show when Jing-Mei made her piano debut?

3. How many sons does Auntie Lindo have in the story?

4. What composition does the piano prodigy play by Edvard Grieg on The Ed Sullivan Show as Jing-Mei and her mother watch?

5. Jing-Mei is to play a song from what Schumann opus at the talent show?

Short Essay Questions

1. What discovery does Jing-Mei make regarding the song she played at the talent show in the end of the story?

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

3. What arrangement is made between Suyuan Woo and Mr. Chong in regards to Jing-Mei’s piano study and practice?

4. What does Jing-Mei describe doing every night with her mother at the kitchen table as a child in the beginning of the story?

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

6. How does Suyuan Woo go about discovering her daughter’s “genius” in the beginning of the story?

7. How does Suyuan Woo develop and maintain her sense of identity in the story?

8. How does Jing-Mei describe the process of playing scales for Mr. Chong?

9. When does Jing-Mei’s mother first introduce to her the concept of a child prodigy?

10. What performer fascinates Suyuan Woo while watching the Ed Sullivan Show early in the story? How does Jing-Mei respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the song “Pleading Child” from Schumann’s Scenes from Childhood and examine the symbolism of this song in the story. How does this song correlate to Jing-Mei’s relationship with her mother? What does she later discover about the song?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Ed Sullivan, Ginny Tiu and Edvard Grieg. How influential was The Ed Sullivan Show on the culture of America during the time that it aired? Who was Ginny Tiu and how does her image factor into the story? What music does Ginny Tiu play on the show and how does Jing-Mei’s mother respond?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of “regret” seen in Jing-Mei following the fight with her mother after the talent show. Why does Jing-Mei regret the things that she said to her mother? How does this conflict in the story effectively change their mother-daughter relationship forever?

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