Joy Luck Club

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Name: ____________________________ Class Period: _______________Score:_________________ North Fall Final Exam Essay Topics
For your final exam, you will write a timed write on Monday December 13th which will count towards 1/3 of your final exam grade. A traditional AP Timed Write Rubric will be used to score your answers. I’m looking for a clear thesis, a well-organized paper, high level of diction, focus, and in-depth analysis (two to three pieces of commentary or analogies) combined with thematic text to world and use of literary devices if appropriate. Answer all parts of the question in your responses. 1. June Woo begins the novel by explaining the “Joy Luck Club.” She watches the mothers and explains, “They see that joy and luck do not mean the same to their daughters, that to these closed American-born minds ‘joy luck’ is not a word, it does not exist.” Does the novel argue that certain cultural concepts, like “joy luck,” cannot be translated? If so, why? If not, why not? Or, could the failure to translate provide the momentum of the novel? Explain the role of language and/or translation in the novel. 2. Using the very brief stories that introduce each section of the novel, explain why Tan has chosen each of these tales to characterize the four sections. Do they serve as signposts to foreshadow the plot? Do they capture an Asian aesthetic, where figures like the Moon Lady play an indispensable role in charting human experience? How might mythic stories provide more accurate renderings of the women's experience? Is this a point of contention between the Asian and American cultures depicted in the novel? 3. In Antigone, the blind seer Teiresias declares, “The only crime is pride.” The Greek concept of hubris involves overbearing pride or self-confidence that often has disastrous consequences. In a well-organized essay, explore the idea of hubris as it is developed in the Oedipus Trilogy. Use specific examples from either Oedipus Rex or Antigone in your...
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