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Unit 6: Collection 16

    Selection Test READING AND LITERATURE

    Rules of the Game from The Joy Luck Club

    Amy Tan

    COMPREHENSION Circle the letter of the best answer to each of the following items.

     1. From the name Mr. and Mrs. Jong give their daughter, you can infer that they

     A) do not feel connected to Chinese culture

     B) want her to blend into American culture

     C) never want her to forget that she was born on Waverly Place

     D) did not want a daughter so they gave her a masculine name

     2. An unspoken but implied point in “Rules of the Game” is—

     A) traditionally chess has been considered a male enterprise

     B) there is no such thing as a child prodigy

     C) chess is a fast-paced game of bluffing

     D) Waverly is part of a long tradition of famous female chess players

     3. What does Mrs. Jong mean when she says, “Is shame you fall down nobody push

    you”?

     A) She is sorry Waverly has fallen down.

     B) Waverly should not quit before she has even tried.

     C) It’s not the mother’s fault that Waverly has lost.

     D) The trouble between them is Waverly’s own fault.

     4. When the narrator says, “I discovered that for the whole game one must gather

    invisible strengths and see the endgame before the game begins,” it foreshadows—

     A) that Waverly will be a good C) that Waverly will be a good

    chess player and impress her chess player and clash with

    brothers her mother

     B) that Waverly will be given D) that Waverly will soon beat

    preference over her brothers Lau Po and become a Grand

    and impress her father Master

     5. In the story, wind is used as a metaphoric symbol for

     A) game strategy

     B) fear of failure

     C) an opponent

     D) Waverly’s mother

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    VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT Match the vocabulary words below with their

    definitions. Write the correct letter on the line. Use each word only once.

     _____ 6. ancestral A) concealed; hidden

     B) genius; phenomenon _____ 7. intricate

     C) inherited

     _____ 8. obscured D) complicated; detailed

     _____ 9. retort E) quick, sharp answer

     _____ 10. prodigy

    VOCABULARY SKILL Below is a list of synonyms for the vocabulary words from “Rules of the Game.” The following sentences from the story have had the vocabulary words removed. From the synonyms, choose the best word to retain the original intent of the sentence. Write the synonym on the line.

compromises response heralded involved

    masked phenomenon progenitorial

     11. She loved the _______________________ moves the game of chess requires.

     12. Her skill at playing the game so well at a young age made her a chess

    _______________________.

     13. Would she have to make _______________________ with her mother to keep the

    peace?

     14. The media _______________________ her as a future chess master.

     15. Her family’s _______________________ to her behavior was to refuse to

    acknowledge her.

    LITERARY FOCUS Circle the letter of the best answer to each of the following items.

     16. What motivates Mrs. Jong to tell Vincent to throw away the chess set?

     A) She is concerned that he will not be able to learn how to play.

     B) She is worried that the children might fight over the fine gift.

     C) She is too proud to accept a secondhand gift that has been used.

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     17. Which of the following statements best explains one of Waverly’s motivations for

    striving to excel at chess?

     A) Her talent is a source of anxiety for her.

     B) Her chess tournaments often allow her to skip math class.

     C) Playing chess allows her to assert herself and gain status in her family.

     D) Her ability at chess makes her popular at school.

     18. What motivates Waverly to run away from her mother at the market?

     A) She wants to be her own person.

     B) She wants to cause destruction.

     C) She is afraid of her mother’s dictatorial ways.

     D) She is disenchanted with the game of chess.

     19. Certainly, Waverly gains self-satisfaction from her involvement with chess. Her

    drive is to keep learning and competing, though it may have another motivating

    factor which is

     A) self-preservation C) self-discovery

     B) revenge D) duty

    READING FOCUS Circle the letter of the best answer to each of the following items.

     20. One message, or theme, of this story deals with

     A) the difficulty of learning how to play chess

     B) a father’s attempt to control his daughter

     C) the conflict between generations

     D) the rivalry between siblings

     21. Early in the story, it is clear that one meaning of the title has to do with Waverly

    learning chess. By the story’s end, however, the reader realizes that the title also

    carries the universal message that

     A) there are rules for attending a charity holiday party

     B) there are rules for how to behave at a tournament

     C) there are rules for going through the Saturday market

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    Name _____________________________ Class __________________ Date __________________ CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE (4 points)

     22. How does Mrs. Jong’s concern for helping her daughter rise in society affect the

    plot? Cite specific details from the story to make your point. Write a paragraph that

    explains your answer.

    HINT: Begin your paragraph by rephrasing the first question: “Mrs. Jong’s concern for

    helping her daughter rise in society affects the plot ….. (how?) Be sure to use at

    least two specific details from the story. Explain how the details you chose affect

    the plot.

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