Pre-readingquestions on page 46

  1. What is the origin of your name? How did your parents choose it?

1.a. My name originates from one of my great grandparents.

1.b. My father asked my paternal grandparents for a name of the mostsuccessful great grandparent.

  1. What would you name a son if you had one? What would you name a daughter? Why?

2.a. If I had a son, I would name him Edward.

2.b. If I had a daughter, I would name her Nailah.

2.c. I would name my son and daughter this way because I want them tobe successful. Both names mean ‘successful’.

  1. Do you like your name? Why or why not?

3.a. Yes, I do like my name.

3.b. I like my name because it represents the love my parents have forme. I believe my parents named me this way out of love.

Comprehensionquestions from page 50

  1. Which different ethnic groups are discussed in this essay? What did you learn about each?

1.a. The four ethnic groups discussed within the essay are Indians,African-Americans, Chinese, Europeans, and Jews.

1.b. I have learnt that all four ethnic groups are slowly edging backto traditional ways of naming children that showcases the child’sheritage.

  1. How has the naming of children changed over the last century? How has popular culture affected the naming of children?

2.a. The naming of children has greatly transformed over the lastcentury. Traditionally, people used to name children according totheir roots. However, in the sixties, civil rights and black powermovements led to people shunning European names given during slaveryand instead adopting African or Islamic names. Also, people startednaming their children according to social and environmental causes.

2.b. Today, popular culture has immensely influenced how children arenamed. Most parents give their kids names that reflect economic orethic status while others name them after popular TV shows,characters, and trends or just make the names up.

  1. Why do you think so many people are trying to find Native-American origins in their bloodlines?

Inorder to give their children identity and a niche in society.

  1. What considerations would you make when you name your first child?

Whennaming my first child, I would consider issues of heritage, namemeaning, simplicity, uniqueness, and beauty.

  1. How might a person’s name affect his or her life?

Aperson’s name is very crucial since names have long lasting effectsthat reverberates well into the child’s adulthood. A name providesidentity and influences how people think about themselves as well ashow society thinks about them

Questionson writing techniques from page 50

  1. What is the effect of such short paragraphs in this essay?

Asresult of idea singularity, short paragraphs help create extraemphasis and facilitate easy reading which prevents the reader fromgetting distracted.

  1. Does the essay have a good title? Why or why not?

2.a. Yes, the essay has a good title.

2.b. The title is simple and almost familiar, it addresses the primaryissue and draws the reader’s attention through a question.

  1. The essay uses short interviews to provide examples for the reader. Is that effective?

Theuse of short interviews is effective as it allows the author tobriefly highlight relevant examples that reinforce the ideas beingput across.

  1. How did the essay conclude?

Theessay concludes by quoting one of the interviewees who stressed thatpeople should name their children in according to their roots andethnic backgrounds.

  1. What was the author’s purpose in writing this essay?

Theauthor’s purpose in writing this essay is to create awareness onthe significant of children’s names and to highlight why carefulconsideration when naming kids is important.

Pre-readingquestions on page 51

  1. Define the term “home.”

Homerefers to a place where people live with their families on apermanent basis.

  1. What has “home” meant for you?

Homehas been the centerpiece of my life and the foundations of mypersonal beliefs, values, experiences, and accomplishments.

  1. What are the advantages to living in different places when you are young? The disadvantages?

3.a. Living in different places when you are young has numerousbenefits. One gains knowledge about different places, you are able tomake numerous friends spanning different areas, the fear ofrelocation in future is eliminated, and you get a bit of adventure.

3.b. Moving around also has disadvantages. It disrupts the child’ssocial and educational life by not allowing them enough time tosettle, and may cause behavioral problems hence reducing the qualityof life.

  1. Despite living away from home, do you tend to revert to your child-hood when you return to your parent’s home? How?

4.a. Yes, I plan to revert to my childhood when I return to my parent’shome.

4.b. I will accomplish this by helping with chores around the house,ride the bike around the estate, and drive my younger siblings toschool each day among other things.

Comprehensionquestions on page 53

  1. What are some of the author’s home? What problems has the author had in defending her “homelessness?”

1.a. Mississippi, California, New Jersey, Portugal, South Korea,Germany, Italy, Greece, and Florida.

1.b. As much as she tried to settle down, children from everywhere theauthor went knew she wasn’t from there and always treated her as anoutsider. Also, she had difficulty explaining the constant changingmilitary postal addresses.

  1. Can you think of other situations where individuals would have trouble determining their homes?

Orphanedchildren who have been moved from one foster home to anotherthroughout their lives will find it difficult to determine theirhome.

  1. Is it easier for someone who has moved frequently as a child to move as an adult? Why or why not?

3.a. Yes, it is easier for someone who has moved a lot as a child tomove as an adult.

3.b. This is because such a person is already used to relocating and sohe/she won’t see moving as a problem.

  1. How is your life similar to and different from the author’s?

Thereare no similarities between my life and that of the author’s. Mylife is different from hers since I did not move around frequently asa child. In fact, I have stayed only stayed in one place sincechildhood.

  1. What was the author’s purpose in writing the essay?

Thepurpose of the author is to highlight the importance of home and whyit is significant for children to have a place that they can fullyidentify with.

Questionson writing techniques from page 54

  1. The author uses many examples to explain the troubles she has had in determining her “home.” Was this an effective strategy? Why or why not?

1.a.Yes, this was an effective strategy.

1.b. The strategy enhances clarity and stresses why home identity isimportant

  1. Is the conclusion effective? How might you have changed it?

2.a. The conclusion is effective

2.b. I would have changed it by adding a brief summary of the mainpoints from the essay.

  1. What does the author mean when she says “wasn’t from anywhere?” Would you characterize this as irony, sarcasm, humor?

3.a. The author means that she has been to so many places that shecannot quite identify fully with any single place.

3.b. I would characterize the statement as irony since in addition tobeing amusing, it shows a state that may seem deliberately contraryto what most people would expect.

  1. The author uses a very conversational style. What effect does that have on you as the reader?

Thestyle allows me as a reader to relate to the author as a real personhence builds rapport. In addition, writing in the natural voice seemsmore credible and is also easier for readers to understand hence themessage is clearer.

  1. The author does not detail the places where she lived. Why not?

Detailingthe places where she lived would only increase the essay length butwon’t assist in passing across the message since that is not thefocus of the essay.

“insight” questions on page 55

  1. What is going on in the picture shown here?

Thepicture shows a politician who is addressing supporters and judgingby the writings, he may be urging them to come out in numbers andvote for him.

  1. What are you an authority on?

Iam an authority in charity activities.

  1. What do you wish you were an authority on?

Iwish to be a competent guitarist.


  1. List three things that you are an authority on


1.bPlaying drums


  1. Choose one of the three topics from your list and write three sentences that explain why you are an authority on that topic


2.bThe reason why I am an authority on dancing is because I considermyself an expert at dancing, with the ability to easily learn anydance move. Secondly, I also hold leadership position in my dancinggroup, being the lead dancer. I also choreograph and teach dancing toother people thus making me have authority in the field of dancingand choreography.

  1. Write an essay that explains why you are an authority on that topic. Include relevant details. Give examples.

Ihave always considered dancing as an effective way of producingquality work of art through cooperative effort. Dance keep me fit, itteaches me the importance of movement in a number of ways throughvarious disciples and it also helps me manage stress. I have alwaysloved dancing since my childhood. With the strong interest indancing, I not only regard it as a leisure activity but also a careerwhich can be exploited for personal growth in addition to having fun.I consider myself an authority on dancing, having climbed in theranks to become a lead dancer in a small dance group that I belong towithin my community. We have also managed to enroll others in ourgroup, as a succession strategy, in which I usually teach others onvarious dance move.

Withan expert knowledge in various dancing moves, I believe I have earnedauthority in the field of dancing. The position has enabled me tonurture other upcoming dancers by offering them dance lessons inaddition to advancing my skills and love for dance. I have also gainrespect and power among my dance group members due to the authoritythat I have as a dancer. For example, members usually cooperate andadhere to my directives with regard to dance schedules and routinesto be practiced within a given schedule. This symbolize the respectand authority that I have as well as their commitment and love forthe art of dancing. Therefore, leadership position in my dance group,expert skills in the art of dancing and educator role in the field ofdancing has made me believe that I truly have authority on dancing.

  1. When your essay is finished share it with your classmates.

Pre-readingquestions on page 75

  1. What is something that your parents forced you to do that you really did not want to do?

Myparents used to force me to go to the nearby park so I can interactwith my peers and make new friends.

  1. Did you do it anyway or did you resist? Why? Did you regret doing it or resisting it? Why or why not?

2.a. I did as my parents asked me to.

2.b. I did not resist because I did not want to make them angry ordisappointed in me.

2.c. I don’t regret one bit going to the park as they told me.

2.d. I was an introvert but through that I slowly developed my sociallife and currently I have many friends. I won’t be having friendsif I did not practice how to make them.

  1. Do you believe your parents or caregivers influenced the choices you have made in your life? If so how? If not, why not?

3.a. Yes, my parents have had great impact on my life choices.

3.b. My parents have played a major role in my educational and careerdevelopment both directly and indirectly. They have constantly guidedand advised me when making such choices.

  1. How will you try to influence your children?

Iwill try and influence my children by teaching them effectivedecision making skills from a tender age. Also, I will stress theimportance of parent’s input on the various decisions that theymake as they grow up.

Comprehensionquestions on page 85

  1. Why did the mother believe that her daughter was a prodigy? What were some of the tests that the mother devised to for her daughter?

1.a. The mother had high hopes in the opportunities available inAmerica and so she believed that her daughter can be anything shewants to be as long as she works for it.

1.b. Random questions about capital cities of different countries,Number multiplication, head standing without using hands, finding thequeen of hearts from a stack of cards, memorizing bible verses, andpredicting daily temperatures for select cities.

  1. What are the two kinds indicated in the title?

Thetwo kinds are the two sides of the daughter. One was the kind thathad high hopes and the world at her feet, the kind that believed sheis a prodigy, can be perfect and realize all of her wildest dreams aslong as she works hard for it. This was the kind that could not bepulled down no matter what. The other side was the kind that refusedto become what she thought she could not be, the kind that believedshe is who she is and no matter what she does she cannot be anybetter.

  1. What was the mother’s history?

Themother was a Chinese who had come to America in 1949 to seek betteropportunities after losing everything back home her home, twinbabies, father, mother, and her first husband.

  1. What was the rivalry between Auntie Lindo and Jing-mei’s mother?

Thecompetition between Auntie Lindo and Jing-mei’s mother stemmed fromtheir daughters. Both Auntie Lindo and Jing-mei’s mother believedthat their daughter was better than the other and wanted to provethis to each other.

  1. When the mother died what happened to the piano?

Afterthe mother passed away, the piano was reconditioned.

Questionson writing techniques on page 85

  1. What is the significance of the song title?

Thetitle highlights that through the childhood journey, reconcilingyouthful ambivalence and parental expectations, and accepting liferealities are challenges that all people face and many survive.

  1. How is the story organized?

Thestory is organized in a chronological order with each event writtenaccording to the time when it occurred.

  1. Why is the girl’s father barely mentioned in the story?

Thegirl’s father is barely mentioned in the story because it seems hedid not actively try to influence the life of her daughter. Parentalinfluence is a major theme of the story.

  1. This is a story taken from a collection of stories that make up The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Do you think you could have a better understanding of the story if you read the entire novel? Or does the story stand on its own?

4.a. I don’t think I will have a better understanding of the storyafter reading the entire novel.

4.b. The story stands on its own and reading the rest of the novelwon’t have any impact.

  1. How does the story conclude? Is the conclusion effective?

5.a. The story concludes by the author’s realization that the twosongs were indeed two halves of the same song.

5.b. The conclusion is not effective as it is not clear and concise.The reader’s realization that the songs are actually one leavesmore questions than answers since it is open to variousinterpretations.

Pre-readingquestions on page 75

  1. What were your parents’ goals for you when you were a child?

Myparents valued education above all other things. They wanted me toattend the best schools, get my undergraduate, master’s and PHDdegree, get a lucrative job and lead a good family life.

  1. Were these the same as your goals? How were they the same, or how were they different?

No.the goals were slightly different than mine. Although I was also afirm believer of education and a good job afterwards, I also had amind of business and had planned to explore numerous alternativesafter my undergraduate degree before I could think of furthering mystudies.

  1. Do you think you have lived up to your parents’ expectations? How?

3.a. Yes, I believe I have lived up to their expectations.

3.b. Although I am not yet there, I am still pursuing my education,and, therefore, I am on the right path.

  1. What have you learned from your experiences with your parents that you will apply to your own children?

Ihave learnt that conviction is very important. My parents alwaysbelieved in me and as a result I learned to also believe in myself. Iwill always support and encourage my children and show them that Ibelieve in them to be whatever they wanted to be. Such belief willalso build a resilient conviction within them that they can take onanything in this life.

Comprehensionquestions on page 88

  1. Who is speaking in the story, and to whom? Describe their relationship.

1.a. A mentor is speaking to her mentee.

1.b. Based on the type of instructions being issued, I can describe therelationship between the mentor and the mentee as a relationshipbetween a mother and her daughter. The mother is issuing instructionsand directions for the daughter to grow up into a respectable lady insociety.

  1. Is this a typical mother/daughter relationship? Why or why not?

2.a. No, this is not a typical mother/daughter relationship.

2.b. The mother keeps telling the daughter that she is bent on becominga slut. Mothers in normal relationships with their daughters won’tsay such things to their daughters.

  1. What effect do you think the repetitive phrase “this is how you…” has on the listener in the story? What effect does it have on you as a reader?

3.a. The repetitive phrase reminds the listener the most significantelements of the information that is being passed across and showsinsistence.

3.b. As a reader, the repetitive phrase enhances the general flow ofthe paper and enhances understanding

  1. What is your understanding of “the kind of woman who the baker won’t let near the bread?” With what tone do you think these words were delivered?

4.a. The phrase refers to a worthless woman in society. A woman who hasbad demeanor to an extent where she is considered of no value and abad influence.

4.b. The words were delivered with a sarcastic tone to show mockery.

  1. Is love expressed anywhere in this story?

Theentire story is an expression of love. Any person who wants the bestfor you and teaches you how to be the best loves you.

Questionson writing techniques on page 88

  1. What writing techniques does the writer use? Are they effective?

1.a. Some of the writing styles that the author uses include prosepoem, rhythm and repetition. Although the piece is the longest everrun-on sentences, the essay has paragraphs and sentences making it aprose. Also, the keen attention placed on rhythm and language as wellas the structure and word choice makes the prose sound like a poem.

  1. What do the italicized words indicate in this story?

Theitalicized words indicate the daughters protest of things that shehas been falsely accused of.

  1. How would you characterize the mother’s speech in the story? Were you surprised or shocked by anything the mother said?

3.a. The speech is declamatory, articulative and emphatic. The thoughtsand ideas are clear and concise, and feelings and opinions areexpressed firmly and with great force.

3.b. I was surprised and shocked by three things. First, was the motherteaching the daughter how to abort “this is how to make medicine tothrow away a child before it even becomes a child.” Second was themother calling her daughter a slut and, finally, teaching her how tobully men and spit in the air. These aren’t behaviors that a mothershould teach her daughter.

  1. What is the effect on the reader of the continuous text without paragraphing?

Theuse of continuous text captures the complete attention of the readeras there is no time to pause and reflect. Hence, readers engagethemselves fully up until the end of the text.

  1. What are three of the descriptive images in the text?

Food,Benna, and the house and clothing. The girl gets a lot of directionsand guidelines on home keeping conjuring images of a perfect home.Also, mom teaches the girl how to make delicacies such as dasheen,daukona, and pepper pot thereby passing down her culture to thedaughter. Furthermore, benna is presented as a bad type of type ofmusic.