Death of a Red Heroine Short Essay - Answer Key

Qiu Xiaolong
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1. How can the era that "Death of a Red Heroine" is set in be described?

The setting of "Death of a Red Heroine" is China in the early 1990s. The book includes political overtones of that time, as China is transitioning from Communism to a market-driven economy.

2. How is the body at the center of the book's crime found?

The murder victim's body was found by May 11, 1990 by Captain Gao Ziling. Gao found the body, which was in a large plastic bag, stuck in the propeller of his fishing boat in a canal about 20 miles away from Shanghai.

3. What type of character is Chief Inspector Chen introduced as?

Chief Inspector Chen is the story's protagonist. He is introduced as a good, moral police officer, who also shows his caring side by writing poetry. Chen is involved in a budding romance with Wang Feng, a young journalist.

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