Dreams of Joy: A Novel Test | Mid-Book 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. Who is waiting for Pearl in her bedroom?

2. Why does Kumei think Joy and Tao are a perfect match?

3. What does Pearl say about Tao?

4. What does Joy tell Joe when she calls him?

5. What does Pearl frequently see as she is doing her job as paper collector?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Pearl's father able to help the group escape to Hong Kong?

2. How does Joy get into China?

3. What assignment is Joy given in the village, and why?

4. What does Pearl send Joy and what does Joy do with the articles?

5. What happens that restores the closeness between Joy and Pearl?

6. Why does Z. G. rebuke Joy for sneaking off with Tao?

7. Describe Joy's trip to China.

8. What sort of horrors do Z.G. and Pearl see when they are driving to the village?

9. What organization does Joy join in college and why does she end up in China?

10. What does Dun do and how does Pearl feel about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 "Dreams of Joy" is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

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

2. Analyze and discuss "Dreams of Joy" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "Dreams of Joy" is a successful novel.

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

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Dreams of Joy", questions that See most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the See's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss See's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of See and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

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