Rules of the Game
A. Read the cartoon and answer the questions.
1. What country do the mother and daughter live in?
They live in America.
2. Was the mother born there? How do you know?
No, she wasn’t born in American. I know because in the cartoon the daughter asks the mother if she means America and the mother says no where we are from original, our mother country. 3. Why is the mother angry?
The mother is angry because the daughter doesn’t know her and her mother's origins. 4. Why is the daughter angry?
The daughter is angry because her mother keeps nagging her.
B. The mother and daughter in this cartoon do not understand each other. In your opinion, which of the following factors are to blame for this lack of understanding? Explain. The different in their ….
Language : the mother was born and raised in another country so her English isn’t as fluent as her daughter's, who was probably born in the USA, this may cause a "shortage" in communication or embarrass the daughter. Culture : the mother probably comes from a more traditional culture, which may cause a conflict between her and her daughter. C. Do you think the same types of conflict between parents and children are common in our country? Why or why not? I think that the same types of conflicts exist in our country because it consists of different ethnic groups and minorities. Every generation differs from the one before it, especially when the parents are born and raised in other countries. For example, the Russian immigrants who have trouble learning the Hebrew language and their children who adjust more easily.
1. What lesson does the narrator learn from her mother?
The narrator learned from her mother that she can get what she wants without nagging. 2. What hopes does the narrator's mother have for her children? The narrator's mother hopes for her children that when they grow up they will learn in a University. 3. Is the family poor? Does narrator think so?
The narrator's family is poor because she lives above a bakery with two bedrooms flat, but the narrator doesn't think that her family is poor because she says that her bowl was always full and that she ate five meals a day. 4. Do you think the narrator's memories of her childhood are pleasant or unpleasant? All in all, I think the narrator's memories of her childhood are pleasant. She fondly remembers her life in San Francisco's Chinatown, which were filled with games in back alleys, fragrance of Chinese food and the different shops in the area. 5. Why do the children prefer the alley to the playground?
The children prefer the alley to the playground because its’ darkness gives a sense of mystery and adventures. 6. Why is the narrator scared of the sanddabs?
The narrator is scared of the sanddans because it reminds her story that her mother told her about a careless girl who ran into crowded street and was crushed by a cab. 7. What joke does the narrator play on the tourist?
The tourist asked the narrator and her brother to pose for a picture in front of the "scary" restaurant, and after he took the picture, she told him to have dinner in the restaurant. The tourist asked what they served, and she shouted: "Guts and ducks and octopus gizzards!" and ran off. 8. How did the narrator get her name? What does this tell us about her parents' desire to adapt to their new culture? The narrator was named after the street that her family lived in, and it tells us that…
9. What is the tone of this passage?
The tone of this passage is deductive and defensive , the mother explains the many abilities Chinese people have. Vocabulary practice:
Write a sentence about the story using each pair of words/ phrase. 1. Invisible / strength: Waverley's mother taught her the art of invisible strength. 2. Strategy / arguments: Waverly learned from her mother the strategy for winning. 3. Rise above / circumstances: Waverly’s mother wanted her family to rise...
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