Amy Tan's Mother Tongue: Summary & Themes


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When we read 'Mother Tongue' by Amy Tan, why might we be surprised that she ended up becoming a writer?

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1. In 'Mother Tongue' by Amy Tan, when did Tan realize that growing up as she did might have impacted her writing?

2. In 'Mother Tongue' by Amy Tan, how do we know that the way her mother speaks brings her shame?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

With this quiz and worksheet, you will review the important points of Mother Tongue by Amy Tan to ensure you've picked out the important themes and the impact of language on her writing and life. You'll also review Amy's relationship with her mother.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet are offered to help you assess and review your knowledge of:

  • How her childhood impacted her writing
  • Her mother and the shame she felt about her
  • Why she includes all Englishes in her writing
  • Why she struggled with English tests

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure you were able to understand what you read about Amy Tan in Mother Tongue and pick out important events
  • Interpreting information - revisit some of Amy's stories in Mother Tongue and correctly interpret her feelings about those stories
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the story to answer questions about how language impacted Amy's writing

Additional Learning

Get a deeper review of this literary work in the accompanying lesson, Amy Tan's Mother Tongue: Summary & Themes. You'll get an overview of:

  • Amy's childhood and background
  • How Amy came to choose to write
  • Amy's split between her mother's world and the outside world
  • Learning English in school
  • Language and its impact on Amy's writing