Rules of the Game

Summer 2015 F Exam

LOTS

?How does Waverly’s mother try to influence her children’s lives

She plays chess with them

She cooks American food for them.

She shares her Chinese values with them.

She teaches them about American culture.

  2.  Why does Waverly stop playing chess with her brothers?

3. Why does Waverly like playing chess so much? Give information from the story to support your answer.

 


 

Moed Bet 2014 F Exam

 LOTS

  1. Waverly’s mother wants her daughter to (–).

(i) be happy with what she has

(ii) forget about her Chinese roots

)iii) accept American values

)iv) use her Chinese background to succeed  (5 points)

  1. Waverly is very interested in the chess game that Vincent gets because (–). (5 points)
  2. How is the book of chess rules connected to the mother’s feelings about America? Give information from the story to support your answer. (10 points)

HOTS

  1. Waverly’s mother thanks the ladies at the church for the chess set but at home she tells Vincent to throw it away. What does this behavior show about Waverly’s mother? Give information from the story to support your answer.  (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESATIONS

  1. How does playing chess change Waverly’s self-image? Give information from the story to support your answer. (7 points)
  2. Give ONE positive effect and ONE negative effect that Waverly’s chess-playing has on her mother. Give information from the story to  support your answer. (8 points)

 



Winter 2014 F Exam

BRIDGING

  1. Amy Tan describes how she grew up trying to please a mother who could not be pleased. Tan explained that her mother had a suitable saying for every occasion and she was always telling her daughter to work hard and behave in the correct way. –Adapted from an article in the University of Buffalo Reporter. Make a connection between the above description and the story. Support your answer with information from the story.


Moed Bet 2013 F Exam

 

LOTS

  1. What do Waverly and her mother argue about towards the end of the story? (5 points)

(i) The fact that her mother doesn’t respect her success.

 (ii) The fact that her mother doesn’t want her to play chess any more.

 (iii) The fact that Waverly wants more advantages than her brothers.

 (iv) The fact that her mother wants to show her off.

  1. When Waverly finally returns home after her argument with her mother, how does her mother react? (5 points)
  2. What is the importance of the setting of the story? Give information from the story to support your answer. (10 points)

HOTS

  1. How does the education Waverly gets from her mother help make her a good chess player? Give information from the story to support your answer.

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

  1. The relationship between Waverly and her mother is like that of chess players. Explain the pattern of their behavior. Give information from the story to support your answer. (8 points)
  2. What does Waverly gain and what does she lose as a result of this relationship with her mother? Give information from the story to support your answer.


Summer 2013 F Exam

 

LOTS

  1. “We lived in San Francisco’s Chinatown.” Give TWO things Waverly remembers about her home or neighborhood. (5 points)
  2. What advice does Waverly’s mother give her about living in America? She tells her she should (-).(5 points)

(i) learn to speak English well

 (ii) know the rules of the country

 (iii) eat American food

 (iv) accept used gifts

  1. When she sees the chess game for the first time, Waverly thinks: “The chessboard seemed to hold elaborate secrets.” What secrets about life does Waverly discover while playing chess?

HOTS

  1. “I knew it was a mistake to say anything more, but I heard my voice speaking. ‘Why  do you have to use me to show off?'”  Why is this quote a turning point in the story? Give information  from the story to support your answer. (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

  1. At the end of the story Waverly thinks: “In my head, I saw a chessboard with sixty-four black and white squares … Her  [her mother’s] black men advanced across the plane,  slowly marching to each successive level as a single unit. My  white pieces screamed as they scurried and fell off the board  one by one.” What can we infer about Waverly’s feelings at this  point in the story?(8 points)
  2. How has Waverly’s relationship with her mother changed from the beginning of the story?


Moed Bet 2012 F Exam

BRIDGING

  1. “I was raised by extremely strict but extremely loving Chinese immigrant parents… Western parents seem much more concerned about their children’s… self-esteem, whereas tough immigrant parents expect strength in their children and therefore  behave completely differently.” – Amy Chua, from an interview in Time Magazine. Explain how this quote adds to your understanding of the story “Rules of the Game”.


Summer 2012 F Exam

LOTS

1.      “My mother imparted her daily truths …” Give ONE example of these truths.  (5 points)

2.      Waverly’s mother bought her daughter the salted plums (–).(5 points)
(i) because Waverly was crying

 (ii) because Waverly kept quiet

(iii) even though Waverly hadn’t learned her lesson

(iv) because she had promised to buy them for her

3.      The title of the story refers to the game of chess but chess is also a metaphor. Explain. (10 points)

HOTS

1.      At the end of the story Waverly thinks to herself: “Opposite me was  my opponent, two angry black slits. She wore a triumphant smile.”  How does Waverly see her relationship with her mother at this point in  the story?

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1.      Compare and contrast the attitudes of Waverly and her mother to American values. (15 points)



Moed Bet 2011 F Exam

BRIDGING

1.      Amy Tan explores the difficulties in growing up as a Chinese-American daughter and the problems of fitting into modern society. These young women try their best to become ‘Americanized’, rejecting Chinese culture and tradition. How does the above information add to your understanding of the story Rules of the Game? Support your answer with examples from the story.



Summer 2011 F Exam

LOTS

1.     How does the girl learn to play chess? Give TWO ways. (5 points)

2.     Learning the secrets of the game improves Waverly’s daily life.  Give TWO examples of this from the story. (5 points)

3.      How does playing chess affect the way Waverly relates to her mother?

HOTS

1.      What has Waverly learned about herself from her experience with chess?

ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

1.     What is the importance to the story of Waverly being a Chinese American? (10 points)

2.     Explain how this is reflected in a particular part of the story. (5 points).



Summer 2010 F Exam

LOTS

1.     How does the girl learn to play chess? Give TWO ways. (5 points)

2.     Learning the secrets of the game improves Waverly’s daily life.  Give TWO examples of this from the story. (5 points)

3.     How does playing chess affect the way Waverly relates to her mother? (10 points)

HOTS

1.     What has Waverly learned about herself from her experience with chess? (15 points)

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