Dragon Bones: A Novel Test | Final Test - Hard

Lisa See
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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 does Hulan ask Angela to tell others?

2. What is swelling mold?

3. With whom is Michael fascinated?

4. What does Miller say the new villages for the displaced people offer?

5. What does Angela think her brother may have found?

Short Essay Questions

1. With what does Brian become obsessed, and what does he realize about the geographic layout of the land at Site 518?

2. How does Stuart feel about the dam project and why does he think it is a good project?

3. With whom does David meet at Cosgrove's? What does David tell this person? What is this person's response?

4. What does Hulan finally realize about the courtyard? What does she ask Angela to do?

5. What does David do as soon as he realizes Stuart is in danger?

6. What does Stuart say to Hulan about the dam?

7. What does Hulan know about her and David after he leaves for Hong Kong and what does she resolve to do?

8. What does David see Ma and Fitzwilliams doing, and what does Ma ask David to do?

9. What does Stuart tell David about the ruyi, and what does David realize about Michael Quon?

10. What does the gate watcher at the compound tell Hulan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Dragon Bones. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think See chooses the symbols she does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think See chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss See's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliff hangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Sandford use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the book more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Lisa See.

2. What in See's background may have helped See in writing Dragon Bones? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Dragon Bones and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Dragon Bones is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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