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The Joy Luck Club Test - Per. 3

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  • 1. 
    Why was Jing-mei taking part in the Joy Luck Club?
    • A. 

      Because she loved to play games with Chinese people

    • B. 

      Because her mother had died and she was asked by her father to be “the fourth corner” at the game

    • C. 

      Because there were very high prizes for winning at the club

    • D. 

      Because she promised her mother to attend at least one meeting of the club

  • 2. 
    What surprising information did Jing-mei finally learn from her mother’s story about leaving Kweilin?
    • A. 

      She realized that her mother had been a shop girl in Kweilin.

    • B. 

      She realized that her mother's family had been royalty.

    • C. 

      She realized that her mother had left her two daughters behind.

    • D. 

      She realized that her mother was an inveterate liar.

  • 3. 
    In "Scar," after An-mei was burned, what did her grandmother tell her that made her get better fast?
    • A. 

      Her grandmother told her that her mother had left because she didn't care for her.

    • B. 

      Her grandmother told her that she was behaving badly.

    • C. 

      Her grandmother told her that the ghosts would get her.

    • D. 

      Her grandmother told her that she would die and that they were preparing her dying clothes for her.

  • 4. 
    In "Scar," what does An-mei’s mother do to show her love and respect for her own mother?
    • A. 

      She bows deeply and calls her by a special name.

    • B. 

      She gets up early in the morning and prepares her a special meal.

    • C. 

      She returns to her family and cuts off a piece of her own flesh, puts it in a soup, and serves it to her dying mother.

    • D. 

      She agrees to stay away from her daughter forever.

  • 5. 
    In "The Red Candle," how did Lindo Jong become engaged to her future husband, Tyan-yu?
    • A. 

      He proposed to her after watching a romantic movie.

    • B. 

      A match was arranged through a matchmaker when Lindo was two and Tyan-yu was only one.

    • C. 

      Their mothers discussed their growing love and promised to let them marry.

    • D. 

      They decided to marry after going on many dates in their teens.

  • 6. 
    In "The Red Candle," what promise did Lindo make to herself on her wedding day?
    • A. 

      She promised herself that she would someday kill Tyan-yu.

    • B. 

      She promised herself that she would run away at the first opportunity.

    • C. 

      She promised herself that she would always remember her parents’ wishes but would never forget herself.

    • D. 

      She promised herself that she would write to her parents to make them feel guilty.

  • 7. 
    What was the red candle’s significance and what was supposed to happen to it?
    • A. 

      It symbolized Lindo’s marriage to Tyan-yu, and it was supposed to be lit at both ends and kept burning all night long.

    • B. 

      It was a symbol of the children she would bear, and it was supposed to burn out only after she and her husband made love.

    • C. 

      It symbolized fertility, and it was supposed to be kept burning always.

    • D. 

      It symbolized her fears, and it was supposed to make her keep trying to please Tyan-yu.

  • 8. 
    In "The Red Candle," how did Lindo escape from the marriage to Tyan-yu?
    • A. 

      She convinced them that the pregnant servant girl was really of imperial

    • B. 

      She lied and said she couldn't have children.

    • C. 

      She ran away when everyone else was at dinner.

    • D. 

      She killed Tyan-yu.

  • 9. 
    • A. 

      Because it is so much fun to have secrets that other people don't know

    • B. 

      Because secrets are always kept during special festivals

    • C. 

      Because in the Chinese culture, girls are raised to keep secrets

    • D. 

      Because if she tells her secret wish, it will no longer be a wish but a selfish desire

  • 10. 
    How does Ying-ying's story in "The Moon Lady" reflect her life and that of her daughter?
    • A. 

      She says that she and her daughters are both lost.

    • B. 

      She says that she and her daughter could have been stars.

    • C. 

      She says that she and her daughter were destined to become singers.

    • D. 

      She says that she feels that she and her daughter could both have played the role of the Moon Lady.

  • 11. 
    What was “the art of invisible strength” that Waverly’s mother taught her?
    • A. 

      It was a special strength that comes from angels.

    • B. 

      It was the strength that comes from lifting weights.

    • C. 

      It was a strategy for winning arguments and gaining respect from others.

    • D. 

      It was a way of never losing even one chess tournament.

  • 12. 
    In "Rules of the Game," how did Waverly’s mother treat her when she returned home after running away?
    • A. 

      She was totally apologetic and gave Waverly anything she wanted.

    • B. 

      She talked with Waverly about solving her problems.

    • C. 

      She promised not to cause any more problems for Waverly.

    • D. 

      She treated her as though she didn’t exist

  • 13. 
    At the end of "Rules of the Game," who is Waverly's imaginary chess opponent?
    • A. 

      Lau Po

    • B. 

      Her brother Winston

    • C. 

      Her father

    • D. 

      Her mother

  • 14. 
    In "The Voice from the Wall," what did Lena hear through the wall of the new apartment?
    • A. 

      The sound of mice running around

    • B. 

      The mother and daughter next door arguing

    • C. 

      The woman next door reciting poetry in Chinese

    • D. 

      The mother and father next door talking to each other

  • 15. 
    In "The Voice from the Wall," what hope did Lena have after watching the girl next door with her mother?
    • A. 

      She hoped that she and her mother could get to know the people next door.

    • B. 

      She hoped that her father would allow her to have a boyfriend too.

    • C. 

      She hoped that the girl would visit her again soon.

    • D. 

      She hoped that things could be better than they appeared.

  • 16. 
    In "The Voice from the Wall," why did Ying-ying continually move the furniture around in the apartment?
    • A. 

      She was a professional interior decorator.

    • B. 

      She claimed the room was "unbalanced".

    • C. 

      She was a very picky person.

    • D. 

      She did it to spite her husband, who always insulted her taste.

  • 17. 
    In "Half and Half," what did Rose find out “faith” was?
    • A. 

      An illusion that somehow one is in control

    • B. 

      Just God's way of fooling people

    • C. 

      Simply a way of pretending

    • D. 

      A silly way of behaving that Chinese people engage in

  • 18. 
    In "Half and Half," where does Rose's mother keep her Bible?
    • A. 

      She keeps it in a special case.

    • B. 

      She doesn't have one.

    • C. 

      She uses to prop up her table.

    • D. 

      She sleeps with it under her pillow.

  • 19. 
    In "Half and Half," what did Rose find written in her mother's Bible?
    • A. 

      Her mother's confession to God about losing her son

    • B. 

      Her mother's angry statements about her death

    • C. 

      Her brother's name written in it in erasable pencil under "Deaths"

    • D. 

      Just a small notation about her brother in the back written in blue ink

  • 20. 
    In "Two Kinds," what made Jing-mei's mother think that Jing-mei could be a prodigy?
    • A. 

      She thought anyone could be anything they wanted to be in America.

    • B. 

      Jing-mei had showed great promise when she was very young.

    • C. 

      An-Mei Hsu had mentioned that she thought Jing-mei was talented.

    • D. 

      She believed that anyone could accomplish greatness through prayer.

  • 21. 
    In "Two Kinds," what did Jing-mei realize after she had played both “Pleading Child” and “Perfectly Contented” a few times?
    • A. 

      That it too was beautiful

    • B. 

      That the two pieces were two halves of the same song

    • C. 

      That the latter was very difficult to play

    • D. 

      That “Perfectly Contented” made her feel better about her mother’s death

  • 22. 
    In "Rice Husband," how do Lena and Harold handle their finances?
    • A. 

      They have a joint checking account like most married couples.

    • B. 

      Lena pays for everything.

    • C. 

      Harold pays for everything.

    • D. 

      They split everything down the middle.

  • 23. 
    In "Rice Husband," what does Lena think her mother will see during her visit with her and Harold?
    • A. 

      How ugly their cat is

    • B. 

      How wrong Lena and Harold are for each other

    • C. 

      How boring Lena's life is

    • D. 

      How poorly built Lena's house is

  • 24. 
    When Lena says, “I knew it would happen,” what question does her mother ask?
    • A. 

      "How could you possibly know that?"

    • B. 

      "I don't think you could have known."

    • C. 

      "Then why don't you stop it?"

    • D. 

      "Why do you do such dumb things, then?"

  • 25. 
    In "Four Directions," what did Waverly want to tell her mother at lunch?
    • A. 

      She wanted to tell her mother that she was going on a special diet.

    • B. 

      She wanted to tell her mother that she was getting married again.

    • C. 

      She wanted to tell her mother that she was getting divorced.

    • D. 

      She wanted to tell her mother that she was pregnant.

  • 26. 
    Why did Waverly first stop playing chess as a child?
    • A. 

      Because she felt her mother was trying to take all the credit for her winning

    • B. 

      Because she was terribly bored

    • C. 

      Because she wanted to stop while she was ahead

    • D. 

      Because she felt she had outgrown the game

  • 27. 
    Why did Rose’s mother say that Rose was “without wood”?
    • A. 

      She explained that Rose was confused all of the time because she listened to too many people.

    • B. 

      She said that everything in Rose’s house was made of plastic.

    • C. 

      She thought that Rose had no appreciation for antique wood furniture.

    • D. 

      She thought that Rose was so slender that she had no central core.

  • 28. 
    In "Without Wood," why did Rose stay in bed for three days?
    • A. 

      A. because her husband had left her and she was unable to make the simplest decisions

    • B. 

      Because she had a bad case of food poisoning

    • C. 

      Because she was very ill with a migraine headache

    • D. 

      Because she couldn't get over her uncle's death

  • 29. 
    In the end of "Without Wood," what shocking decision does Rose finally make?
    • A. 

      She decides to sign the divorce papers.

    • B. 

      She decides to make her husband cancel the divorce.

    • C. 

      She decides she will not move out of the house, despite what her husband wants.

    • D. 

      She decides that she will fight for her marriage.

  • 30. 
    What is Jing-mei’s “life’s importance” gift from her mother?
    • A. 

      A jade pendant on a gold chain

    • B. 

      A special locket with her mother's hair in it

    • C. 

      A diary to keep her most important thoughts in

    • D. 

      A diamond brooch

  • 31. 
    How do Jing-mei and her mother disagree in regard to Waverly Jong?
    • A. 

      Jing-mei likes Waverly a lot, but her mother has never liked Waverly.

    • B. 

      Jing-mei thinks Waverly is pretty, but her mother thinks she is ugly.

    • C. 

      Jing-mei admires her while her mother says that Waverly is like a crab, always walking sideways, moving crooked.

    • D. 

      Jing-mei hates Waverly, but her mother thinks she's a nice girl.

  • 32. 
    What does it mean to An-mei to be born the "Chinese way"?
    • A. 

      It meant being taught to desire nothing, to swallow other people’s misery, and to eat one’s own bitterness.

    • B. 

      It meant learning to honor one’s mother and father.

    • C. 

      It meant understanding how to sacrifice.

    • D. 

      It meant not having to say one is sorry.

  • 33. 
    In "Magpies," why did An-mei’s mother become Wu Tsing’s concubine?
    • A. 

      She did it to make her family angry.

    • B. 

      She did it to get back at her mother for neglecting her.

    • C. 

      She did it because he paid a vast sum of money.

    • D. 

      He raped her, thus giving her no choice but to stay with him as his concubine.

  • 34. 
    In "Magpies," what promise did Wu Tsing make to An-mei’s mother after she died?
    • A. 

      He said that he would raise her son and daughter at his honored children.

    • B. 

      He said that he would always think well of her.

    • C. 

      He said that he would support her father in his old age.

    • D. 

      He said that he would have her buried in a special burial plot.

  • 35. 
    In "Waiting Between the Trees," why does Ying-ying abort her first child?
    • A. 

      Because she is afraid she will die giving birth

    • B. 

      Because she has no money to support the child

    • C. 

      Because the child is going to be sickly

    • D. 

      Because she hates her husband, the child’s father

  • 36. 
    In "Waiting Between the Trees," what does Ying-ying say she lost when she married her second husband, St. Clair?
    • A. 

      Her mind

    • B. 

      Her independence

    • C. 

      Her spirit

    • D. 

      Her inheritance

  • 37. 
    At the end of "Waiting Between the Trees," what does Ying-ying want to do for her daughter?
    • A. 

      She wants to give her daughter a lot of money.

    • B. 

      She wants to build a new house for her daughter.

    • C. 

      She wants to find her daughter a new husband.

    • D. 

      She wants to give her daughter her own spirit.

  • 38. 
    Why could Lindo’s children not have American circumstances and Chinese character?
    • A. 

      Because the two things do not mix

    • B. 

      Because they have minds of their own

    • C. 

      Because they have American character and Chinese circumstances instead

    • D. 

      Because God willed it not to be so

  • 39. 
    In "Double Face," why does Waverly like that she and her mother have crooked noses?
    • A. 

      She says it makes them unique.

    • B. 

      She says it makes them easier to identify.

    • C. 

      She says it makes them look better than everyone else.

    • D. 

      She says it makes them look devious and two faced.

  • 40. 
    Why did Jing-mei’s mother actually leave the babies?
    • A. 

      Because she is tired of carrying them

    • B. 

      Because they wouldn't have been Chinese if she had brought them to America with her

    • C. 

      Because she thought she was going to die and didn't want them to die with her

    • D. 

      Because she traded them for a lot of money

  • 41. 
    "And when I arrived, I realized how shabby my dreams were, how poor my thoughts."What is the meaning of the word shabby?
    • A. 

      Grand

    • B. 

      Of substandard quality

    • C. 

      Ridiculous

    • D. 

      Respected

  • 42. 
    "When the sirens cried out to warn us of bombers, my neighbors and I jumped to our feet and scurried to the deep caves to hide like wild animals."What does the word scurried mean?
    • A. 

      Tiptoed

    • B. 

      Went quickly

    • C. 

      Crawled

    • D. 

      Yelled

  • 43. 
    "What fine food we treated ourselves to with our meager allowances!"What does the word meager mean?
    • A. 

      A large quantity

    • B. 

      Far too much than anyone needs

    • C. 

      Questionable

    • D. 

      Small or deficient in quantity

  • 44. 
    "What was worse, we asked among ourselves, to sit and wait for our own deaths with proper somber faces?"What does the word somber mean?
    • A. 

      Serious

    • B. 

      Confused

    • C. 

      Delighted

    • D. 

      Mean

  • 45. 
    "After everybody votes unanimously for the Canada gold stock, I go into the kitchen to ask Auntie An-mei why the Joy Luck Club started investing in stocks."What does the word unanimously mean?
    • A. 

      With doubt

    • B. 

      Argumentative

    • C. 

      Completely in agreement

    • D. 

      Repetitively

  • 46. 
    "The white chenille bedspreads are so worn they are almost translucent."What does the word translucent mean?
    • A. 

      Completely see-through

    • B. 

      Allowing some light to pass through

    • C. 

      Allowing no light to pass through

  • 47. 
    "At first my mother tried to cultivate some hidden genius in me."What does the word cultivate mean?
    • A. 

      Hinder or stop

    • B. 

      Grow or encourage

    • C. 

      Ridicule or mock

    • D. 

      Demand or require

  • 48. 
    "And I am embarassed by the end-of-the-year-banquet lie my aunties have told to mask their generosity."What does the word generosity mean?
    • A. 

      Willingness to give

    • B. 

      Hatred

    • C. 

      Constant bickering

    • D. 

      Constant questioning

  • 49. 
    I read ALL of The Joy Luck Club.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 50. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 51. 
    I enjoyed reading The Joy Luck Club.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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