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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. What does Jing-Mei promise herself when she has the revelation while staring in the bathroom mirror as a child?

2. When her mother offered to give her the piano for her birthday, Jing-Mei says she saw this action as what?

3. As Jing-Mei sits down to begin her piano solo at the talent show, she envisions whom rushing up to introduce her to everyone on TV?

4. Jing-Mei says of Mr. Chong when she began piano lessons that “he must have been younger than I thought, since he” what?

5. Where did author Amy Tan grow up?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jing-Mei respond to her mother’s comment about her to Auntie Lindo? What foreshadowing follows this scene?

2. What happens when Suyuan Woo quizzes her daughter on country capitals? What other activities does she test out on Jing-Mei when she is young?

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

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

5. How does Jing-Mei describe Waverly Jong in the narrative? What has Waverly gained recognition through?

6. How are the pressures of immigrant families depicted through the character of Suyuan Woo in “Two Kinds”?

7. What innovations in literary style is Amy Tan known for?

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

9. How does Jing-Mei say her perceptions differed from her mother’s in regard to ambition as she looks back at the end of the story?

10. Who attends the talent show when Jing-Mei performs? How does Jing-Mei take the stage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of sacrifice as illustrated through the character of Suyuan Woo in “Two Kinds.” In what ways is “sacrifice” a central theme in the process of Suyuan’s immigration to the U.S.? What has she sacrificed in order for her daughter to have a better life?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of the American Dream in “Two Kinds.” How does the theme manifest in the story? How does this theme relate to the character of Suyuan Woo? What symbolism is used in the narrative to reinforce this theme?

Essay Topic 3

Identify and discuss the elements of narrative style in “Two Kinds.” Is the story related in the past, present or future tense? Is the story told from a first, second, or third person narrator? Is the narrator involved in the action? Examine the different reasons the author may have chosen this style. What do you think it adds to the story?

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