Dreams of Joy: 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 does Pearl learn from Z. G.'s servant?

2. Why does one woman say that Pearl should not try to contact Z. G.?

3. Why does Z.G. rebuke Joy?

4. What does Pearl's contact help her do?

5. Who has kept Pearl's room exactly as she left it?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the lies Joy discovers about her family?

2. What does Pearl think about as she goes after Joy?

3. What does Pearl think about how she can get into China and who helps her?

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

5. What does Pearl do every morning for a job and what does she find as she is performing her duties?

6. What does Pearl learn about the whereabouts of Z. G. and Joy?

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

8. What does Pearl finally tell May about Joy and Z. G.?

9. Of what do Pearl's housemates accuse her, and who seems to be supportive of her?

10. With who does Pearl regularly correspond and how does she help Pearl?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Dreams of Joy".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Dreams of Joy". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Dreams of Joy". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Dreams of Joy" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Dreams of Joy"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Dreams of Joy" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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 "Dreams of Joy", 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 this book. (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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