Posted by: crisdiaz24 | May 19, 2011

AMY TAN’S BIOGRAPHY – CLOZE TEST

Read the text and complete the chart below with a word from the list that comes after the text. Every word can only be used ONCE. There are FIVE words that you don’t need to use. Question 0 has been answered as an example.

 

AMY TAN

Amy Tan is known for her lyrically written tales of emotional conflict between Chinese American mothers and daughters separated by generational and cultural differences.

Amy Ruth Tan was born in Oakland, California, on February 19, 1952. Her father was a Chinese-born Baptist minister; her mother was the daughter of an upper-class family in Shanghai, China. 0) ________________ much of her childhood, Tan struggled with her parent’s desire to hold onto Chinese traditions and her own 1) ________________ to become more Americanized. Her parents wanted Tan to become a neurosurgeon, while she wanted to become a fiction writer. While still in her teens, Tan experienced the loss of both her father and her sixteen-year-old brother to brain tumors and learned that two sisters from her mother’s first marriage in China were still alive (one of several autobiographical elements she would later incorporate into her fiction).

Tan majored in English at San Jose State, in California, in the early 1970s rather than 2)________________ her mother’s expectations of becoming a surgeon. After graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, she began a career as a technical writer. As a 3) ________________ from the demands of her technical writing career, she turned to fiction writing, having gained inspiration from her reading of Louise Erdrich’s novel of Native American family life, Love Medicine.

Despite Tan’s 4) ________________, her literary career was not planned; in fact, she first began writing fiction as a form of therapy. Considered a 5) ________________ by her friends, Tan had been working ninety hours per week as a freelance technical writer. She became 6) ________________ with her work life, however, and hoped to rid herself of these tendencies through psychological counseling. But when her therapist fell asleep several times during her counseling sessions, Tan quit and decided to cut 7)________________ on her working hours by jumping into jazz piano lessons and writing fiction instead. Tan’s first literary efforts were stories, one of which secured her a position in the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, a fiction writers’ workshop. Tan’s hobby soon developed into a new career when her first novel, The Joy Luck Club, was published in 1989.

Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, received the Commonwealth Club gold award for fiction and the American Library Association’s best book for young adults award in 1989 and stayed on the New York Times’s best-seller list for nine months. In 1993, Tan produced and coauthored the 8) ________________ for The Joy Luck Club which was made into a critically acclaimed film. It was adapted for the stage in a production directed by Tisa Chang for Pan Asian Repertory in 1999. Tan’s second novel, The Kitchen God’s Wife, was published in 1991 followed by the children’s books The Moon Lady (1992) and The Chinese Siamese Cat (1994). The year 2001 saw the release of yet another successful novel, The Bonesetter’s Daughter.

Tan’s The Joy Luck Club is 9) ________________ up of sixteen stories told by four Chinese immigrant women and their four American-born daughters, linked together by the narrative of June, whose mother had founded a women’s social club in China. Nearly forty years later, June’s mother has died. The surviving members, the “aunties,” recruit June to replace her mother, then send her to China to meet her half-sisters and inform them of the mother’s death. When June expresses doubts about her ability to execute this 10) ________________, the older women respond with disappointment. June then realizes the women rightly suspect that she, and their own daughters, know little of the women’s lives and the strength and hope they wished to give the next generation. Throughout the novel, the various mothers and daughters attempt to demonstrate their own concerns about the past and the present and about themselves and their relations.

Adapted from © http://www.notablebiographies.com/St-Tr/Tan-Amy.html

ACHIEVEMENTS  DOWN                  MASTERPIECE     THROUGHOUT

ASSIGNMENT        FULFILL              RELEASE                   UP

CONSIST                   LONGINGS         SATISFIED              WORKAHOLIC

DISSATISFIED       MADE                   SCREENPLAY        WORKER

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1) LONGINGS

2) FULFILL

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5) WORKAHOLIC

6) DISSATISFIED

7) DOWN

8) SCREENPLAY

9) MADE

10) ASSIGNMENT

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