Two Kinds by Amy Tan: Theme & Analysis


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After pushing Jing-Mei into trying many different activities to find her talent, what activity did her mother, Suyuan, finally settle on?

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1. What are the 'two kinds' that Suyuan refers to?

2. Which of the following is a major theme in 'Two Kinds'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In her novel, The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan tells her story of growing up in a Chinese-American family and the challenges she faces. 'Two Kinds,' her short story within the novel, includes two common themes, and this quiz and worksheet can help you check your comprehension of these themes, particulars about Amy's life, and key terms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Our assessments ask you to recall:

  • Which activity Amy is pushed to pursue during childhood
  • How her mother attempts to reconcile with Amy
  • What the title and phrase 'Two Kinds' refer to

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Two Kinds by Amy Tan lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the major themes in this short story
  • Information recall - access the information you've gained regarding details about Amy's life experiences

Additional Learning

To examine this story in depth, check out the corresponding lesson on Two Kinds by Amy Tan. The lesson focuses on the following topics:

  • Background of the Joy Luck Club
  • Analysis of 'Two Kinds'
  • Generational differences in the short story
  • Mother/daughter relationship between Amy and her mother