Writing Assignment on
Amy Tan's "Two Kinds"

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Write on one of the following topics:

Topic A.  Explain how what happens in the final paragraph of the story applies to the main body of the story as a whole.

Topic B.  Explain a couple of the various ways in which the title fits the situation of the story.

Topic C.  In her essay "In the Canon, For All the Wrong Reasons," Tan says that "Writing, for me, is an act of faith, a hope that I will discover what I mean by 'truth'.  I also think of reading as an act of faith, a hope that I will discover something remarkable about ordinary life, about myself.  And if the writer and the reader discover the same thing, the act of faith has resulted in an act of magic."  If you think your reading of Tan's story has resulted in your "discovering something remarkable about ordinary life, about [your]self" that Tan might have discovered for herself in writing "Two Kinds," explain what that "something remarkable about ordinary life" is.

Topic D.  What parallels can you discover between the daughter's experience in "Two Kinds" and the experience Tan reports, in "In the Canon, For All the Wrong Reasons," that she as a writer has had with many of the admirers of her fiction?  (You'll want to be sure to explain with specifics from both writings.)


  Consult the Study Guide to this story before attempting this writing assignment.

  You may also wish to review the general instructions on writing assignments.


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