Class Consciousness

Stephen W. Potts

UCSD Spring 2017: LTWL 116 Final Test

LTWL 116: Adolescent Literature

Testing, Three . . .

Again, answer each question in 350-450 words. To receive full credit, you must use appropriate direct quotations from the texts. Make sure your answers reflect not only the texts but the class discussions.

  1. The Joy Luck Club emphasizes the generational and cultural gap between the Chinese-raised mothers and the California-raised daughters. Choosing at least two of the families, show how the mother-daughter pairs are both different and alike. How does author Tan present a degree of reconciliation by the end of the book?
  2. In the conclusion of The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, does the title character ultimately come across as a hero or a fool? Make your case. How does he prove himself to be like and unlike the other members of his immediate family (specifically, Lola and Beli)?
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