Dragon Bones: A Novel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Chu Ching?

2. What does Stuart like to own?

3. How does Hulan surprise David in their guest house?

4. With what is Hulan's mother plagued?

5. Who is Dr. Zhongyan?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are David and Hulan told at their meeting with Zai?

2. What was Hulan expected to do as her part of the bargain in question #3?

3. Who does Hulan interview about Lily?

4. What does Michael say when Hulan interviews him?

5. What does Hulan do when the local security forces arrive at Lily's bedroom?

6. Who is Hulan required to visit in Chapter 2, and what does he tell her to do?

7. What has happened to Lily when David and Liu find her in her bedroom?

8. What does Xiao Da say at the Society meeting and what happens to David and Hulan at the meeting? What does Hulan think is the reason she was sent to Site 518?

9. What does Brian's sister tell them about him, what does Lily say when she joins them in conversation?

10. What does Hulan find out when she interviews Catherine about Lily's death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Dragon Bones is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Dragon Bones, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in Dragon Bones. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Hulan is a deeply hurt woman. Her past failures with the factory workers, her marriage, and the death of her daughter all serve to force Hulan to hide behind her passion as an inspector.

1. What are some ways Hulan might be able to quit feeling guilty about the factory workers? Use examples from Dragon Bones and your own life to support your answer.

2. Why do you think Hulan is hiding in her job since her daughter died? Why might that be a defense mechanism? Use examples from Dragon Bones and your own life to support your answer.

3. It is not unusually for a marriage to fail falling the death of a child. Discuss reasons you think this happens. Use examples from Dragon Bones and your own life to support your answer.

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