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 decide to do about her past?

2. What does David think about concerning Ma?

3. What does Fitzwilliams ask after being told of Lily's death?

4. Whom does David recognize at Cosgrove's auction?

5. Where has Ma gone?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Hulan learn from Hom about what he plans to do and why he plans to do it?

3. What does David show to Wu's widow? What do David and the widow do? What does she offer David?

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

10. Why is Tang angry at the end of the bidding for the ruyi? What does he do, and what does David realize about Tang? What does David do when Tang leaves the auction?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss A Dragon Bones based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Dragon Bones is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for young teens versus adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider Dragon Bones a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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