Week 2 Reading Quiz

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Reading Quizzes & Trivia

Read Amy Tan's essay "Mother Tongue" then select the best answer for each question. You may refer back to the reading as you take the quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Tan states that she was giving a talk to a large group of people.  It was the same type of talk she gave regularly, but with one difference.  What was that difference?
    • A. 

      She was using one of her other "Englishes."

    • B. 

      Her mother was in the audience.

    • C. 

      It was about her book "The Joy Luck Club."

    • D. 

      She was speaking in Mandarin.

  • 2. 
    Why did Tan's husband not notice her switching between her different "Englishes"?
    • A. 

      He was further down the street and couldn't hear.

    • B. 

      He doesn't listen to her very carefully.

    • C. 

      He has been married to her for 20 years and occasionally uses the same type of "Englishes."

    • D. 

      He is also from China.

  • 3. 
    Tan says that her mother reads "Forbes" magazine and Shirley MacLaine's books with ease and converses with her stock broker weekly.  What point is she trying to make in telling us this about her mother?
    • A. 

      That her mother loves to make money.

    • B. 

      That her mother loves to read.

    • C. 

      That her mother is highly intelligent.

    • D. 

      That her mother's English is better than it appears.

  • 4. 
    Why does Tan wince when she refers to her mother's English as "broken" or "fractured."
    • A. 

      It suggests that there is something wrong with the way her mother speaks.

    • B. 

      It suggests that her mother is hard to understand.

    • C. 

      It suggests that her mother speaks in a choppy, halting manner.

    • D. 

      It suggests that her mother should try harder.

  • 5. 
    How does Tan know for sure that the hospital employee was treating her mother differently because of her different English?
    • A. 

      Because the hospital employee told Tan that her mother was hard to understand.

    • B. 

      Because when Tan got on the phone, the hospital employee was quick to apologize.

    • C. 

      Because when Tan got on the phone, the hospital employee was rude.

    • D. 

      Because the hospital employee also spoke Chinese.

  • 6. 
    Tan suggests that so many Asians study engineering in college because
    • A. 

      Their parents tell them to study engineering.

    • B. 

      They know that engineering will help them earn a lot of money.

    • C. 

      The universities insist that they study Engineering.

    • D. 

      They feel that their English is not good enough to study the humanities.

  • 7. 
    Tan believes that her writing got much better when she began writing for whom?
    • A. 

      Herself

    • B. 

      Her mother

    • C. 

      Chinese Americans

    • D. 

      Women

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