Dragon Bones: A Novel Test | Final 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. Whose breakfast invitation does Hulan refuse?

2. What does David think about concerning Ma?

3. With whom does David walk around the auction?

4. How could David be helping his wife?

5. Where has Ma gone?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Michael act during dinner with Hulan, and what does he talk about?

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

4. With whom does David sit during the auction? What is explained to David? Who bids on the ruyi?

5. Where do Hulan and Michael go after lunch, and what does she hear? What does Michael do?

6. What does David learn from Brian's journal?

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

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

9. What does Hulan say to Angela when she visits her again, and what does Angela say to Hulan's questions about when she arrived in China?

10. What does Hulan ask Stuart about after David leaves for Hong Kong, and what does he tell her about Lily and about himself and artifacts?

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

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Dragon Bones is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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