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The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan

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1. What game do the members of the Joy Luck Club play?

2. How did An-mei Hsu receive the scar on her neck?

3. How does the red candle predict the success of Lindo and Tyan-yu’s marriage?

4. What happens to the candle?

5. What does Ying-ying’s Amah teach her that girls should do?

6. What is the source of Waverly’s first chess set?

7. What does Ying-ying say is wrong with the St. Clairs’ apartment?

8. What is the name of Rose Hsu Jordan’s youngest brother?

9. How do Rose and An-mei return to the beach to look for Rose’s drowned brother?

10. Why doesn’t Jing-mei’s piano teacher, Mr. Chong, insist that she play the correct notes?

11. What does Ying-ying say when Lena fails to eat every last grain of rice in her bowl?

12. What gift from Rich does Waverly show to her mother?

13. What material element does An-mei say is lacking symbolically in Rose’s character?

14. What is the name of the pendant that Suyuan gives to Jing-mei?

15. What is wrong with one of the crabs that Suyuan and Jing-mei buy for their New Year’s dinner?

16. Why does Suyuan end up not eating any crab at all during the celebration?

17. What does An-mei’s mother tell her to do rather than cry?

18. What is deceptive about the necklace that Second Wife gives to An-mei?

19. What measures does Suyuan take to try to ensure that her twin daughters are returned to her after the war with Japan?

20. What does Jing-mei eat for her first meal in China?

21. What distressed Lindo about her recent trip to China?

22. What is Ying-ying’s first step in trying to make Lena realize the problems with her marriage and do something about them?

23. What does An-mei use as a prop to keep her kitchen table from wobbling?

24. What does Lindo call Waverly’s psychiatrist?

25. Where does Suyuan meet her husband, Canning?

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Analysis & Symbolism

by MiracleeCream, September 10, 2012

Is there any symbolism in this short story? I was assigned to analyze it like a "professor" and I am not sure if there is any symbolism. All I know is that when Jing-mei's mother offered her to keep to piano it was like a peace offering or forgiveness.

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Learning.

by hollyrosemaile, November 06, 2012

You could always do it yourself. I mean, we sometimes get books in our lives that Sparknotes doesn't always offer to summarize and give us straightforward answers to.

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Myth

by SarahH4599, August 26, 2013

What is the function of the myth that introduces each section?

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