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 reason for the assignement of David and Hulan to the same case?

2. Who is Dr. Zhongyan?

3. About what does Hulan instruct the local officials?

4. Upon what do Hulan and David agree as they are talking at breakfast?

5. Where does David go while Hulan is interviewing the foreigners?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Hulan do after receiving her first assignment in Chapter 1?

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

4. How does Hulan think Lily's death is related to Hulan?

5. What was Hulan given permission to do in her deal with high powered Chinese officials five years prior to the opening of the novel?

6. What is David, Hulan's husband, doing while she is at the square? What does he do when he sees her on television?

7. What does Hulan surprise David with when they return to their room in Chapter 7, what is the result of that surprise and what does Liu question with David?

8. Who does Ma first introduce David and Liu to and what does this man tell them?

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

10. What does Catherine explain to David and Liu about Yu and what symbols does the group at lunch discuss?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dragon Bones involves the act of murder. Discuss the following:

1. What is murder? Is the act of murder always clearly murder?

2. Is the murder of Lily or Brian justifiable? Use examples from Dragon Bones and your own life to support your answer.

3. Why do you think Hom was murdered? Use examples from Dragon Bones and your own life to support your answer.

4. Is murder ever justified? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

Liu Hulan is a rare and powerful figure in China as a woman of wealth in a power position with the most feared political group, the Ministry of Public Security. From her deals with the heads of state to her father to her upbringing and her current position, Hulan has led a life few in China even dream of having.

1. What do you think the above statement suggests about the role of women in China. Use examples from Dragon Bones and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss some of the reasons the Ministry of Public Security would be feared in a country with a totalitarian government. Use examples from Dragon Bones and your own life to support your answer.

3. How do you think turning her own father in as a criminal affected Hulan as a person? Use examples from Dragon Bones and your own life to support your answer.

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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