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The Joy Luck Club Teaching Unit
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- What lessons do each of the four introductory parables teach?
- Assume you are attending a Chinese dinner party. List the rules of proper etiquette you need to follow. Briefly describe some of the dishes that might be served.
- Discuss the ways the mah jong table relates to the overall structure of the novel.
- Research the twelve animals represented in the Chinese zodiac. Briefly list the personality characteristics that a person born in each of those years might possess.
- Identify two stories in this novel which feature the wind as an image of personalstrength and identity.
- How do the gold bracelets, swan’s feather, weeds in the garden, and jade pendant all help to illustrate the following theme: “It is important for a woman to develop her individual identity so she has the strength to survive hard times.”
- For what reasons might the story Moon Lady be labeled a myth? In what ways does this story help to illustrate the theme that appearances often differ from reality.
- Why is An-mei’s mother considered to be a ghost? What additional story in the book refers to a character as a ghost?
- What does it mean to have no shou? Which of the four parts of this novel illustrates the Chinese belief that it is important for children to avoid disgracing their family?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.