Reading Investigations

Growing Up Ethnic in America

“Rules of the Game” (Amy Tan) Questions

Vocabulary: Go onto www.dictionary.com and write the definition for the word (using the sentence for context)

Adversaries: “I learned about the middle game and why tactics between two adversaries are like clashing ideas; the one who plays better has the clearest plans for both attacking and getting out of traps.” 

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Ancestral: “The chessmen were more powerful than old Li’s magic herbs that cured ancestral curses.”

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Concessions: “My parents made many concessions to allow me to practice.” 

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Dim sum: “We lived on Waverly Place, in a warm, clarn, two-bedroom flat that sat above a small Chinese bakery specializing in steamed pastries and dim sum.”

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Grotto: “Then I ran off with my friends, shrieking with laughter as we scampered across the alley and hid in the entryway grotto of the China Gem Company, my heart pounding with hope that he would chase us.”

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Prodigy: “I was touted as the Great American Hope, a child prodigy and a girl to boot.”

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Pungent: “My brothers and I would peer into the medicinal herb shop, watching old Li dole out onto a stiff sheet of white paper the right amount of insect shells, saffron-colored seeds, and pungent leaves for his ailing customers.”

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Solemnity: “He then solemnly asked if I had been a very, very good girl this year and did I believe in Jesus Christ and obey my parents.  I knew the only answer to that.  I nodded back with equal solemnity.”

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Tactics: “I learned about the middle game and why tactics between two adversaries are like clashing ideas; the one who plays better has the clearest plans for both attacking and getting out of traps.”

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What are some "American rules" that Waverly's family adopts?

What are some "Chinese rules" that Waverly's family holds on to?

Why is Mrs. Jong willing to adopt new American rules so that Waverly can become a chess champion?

Why is Waverly drawn to the "elaborate secrets" of chess?

 

 

Why does the invisible strength that Waverly learns from her mother help her at chess?

Why is Waverly so eager to learn to play chess that she is willing to give away all her Life Savers?

Why does Waverly call chess "a game of secrets in which one must show and never tell"? Why does she love the secrets?

Why does Waverly's chess game involve acting as well as skill? Why does she act like an impatient child and pretend to be undecided while playing?

How does learning the rules of chess teach Waverly the rules of life?

 

 

 

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