what does the swan in the prologue represent?
The mothers' expectations for their American daughters
Who were the original members of the Joy Luck Club?
Suyuan and three other women who lived in Kweilin
Why was the Joy Luck Club begun originally?
To maintain good spirits despite the horrors of the Second World War.
What do the mothers give Jing-mei at the end of the meeting?
Enough money to visit her long-lost sisters in China.
Why must there always be four members of the Joy Luck Club?
One for each corner of the Mah Jong table.
According to Jing-mei, what defined her mother's relationships with the other members of the Joy Luck Club?
Why did Jing-mei think that her mother's Kweilin story was a fairy tale?
She always changed the ending
How did An-mei get the scar on her neck?
In the midst of a family argument, hot soup accidentally spilled all over her neck
What did An-mei understand when her mother cut flesh from her own arm?
That our flesh and pain connect us intractably to our mothers
Why does Lindo tell Waverly the story of the red candle?
She thinks Waverly does not understand the meaning of a promise
Why didn't Lindo and Tyan-yu consummate their marriage?
Tyan-yu had no interest in having sex with Lindo
How could Lindo manage to get what she wanted while keeping her parents' promise?
She used superstition to trick Huang Tai Tai into making her leave
What belief of Huang Tai Tai's did Lindo take advantage of in order to get what she wanted?
Her belief in the ghosts of ancestors
According to Ying-ying, why did she turn into a ghost?
Because she learned to think only of others and forget her own hopes and desires
When is the last time Ying-ying remembers being fully alive?
When she was a girl, on the day of the Moon Festival
Why could Ying-ying tell only the Moon Lady her secret wish?
Because girls were supposed to keep their wishes to themselves
What is the moral of the story of the Moon Lady?
Women represent darkness and require men to show them the light
How does the red candle predict the success of Lindo and Tyan-yu's marriage?
If it burns from both ends without going out, it will presage a happy marriage
What happens to the candle?
Lindo blows it out, but the servant lights it again out of fear that she will be punished for negligence
What does Ying-ying's Amah teach her that girls should do?
They should never ask questions or make requests, but only listen
What is the source of Waverly's first chess set?
Her brother receives it as a gift at a church Christmas party
How do Rose and An-mei return to the beach to look for Rose's drowned brother?
An-mei drives them in the family car, even though, to Rose's knowledge, she has never driven before
What does Ying-ying say when Lena fails to eat every last grain of rice in her bowl?
She tells Lena that every grain of rice she fails to eat will become a pock mark on the face of her future husband (doesnt eat because of Arnold)
What is wrong with one of the crabs that Suyuan and Jing-mei buy for their New Year's dinner?
it is missing a leg
Why does Suyuan end up not eating any crab at all during the celebration?
Waverly takes the best specimen for her daughter, leaving for Suyuan what she had anticipated would be "extra"—the lamed, "unlucky" crab
What measures does Suyuan take to try to ensure that her twin daughters are returned to her after the war with Japan?
She writes the address of her family home in Shanghai on the backs of family photographs and stuffs the photos into the babies' clothing
What distressed Lindo about her recent trip to China?
She realized that people could recognize her as an American
What is Ying-ying's first step in trying to make Lena realize the problems with her marriage and do something about them?
She knocks over the rickety coffee table that Lena's husband had made in his student days, shattering the vase that had been sitting on top of it