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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 causes Joy to question the ways of the village?
2. What will make it more difficult for Pearl to search for Joy?
3. What has happened to the women in the commune?
4. For what city does Joy purchase a ticket?
5. Where is Z.G. going in the morning?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where are Joy and Z. G. going after leaving the Green Dragon Village and what does Z. G. say Joy will have the opportunity to do?
2. How does Joy feel about returning to the Green Dragon Village, and what has happened to the village?
3. What does Pearl find when she goes to her childhood home?
4. What do Z. G. and Joy begin doing immediately at the commune, and why is the work so grueling?
5. With who does Pearl regularly correspond and how does she help Pearl?
6. What does Pearl think about how she can get into China and who helps her?
7. What organization does Joy join in college and why does she end up in China?
8. What are some of the lies Joy discovers about her family?
9. How is the commune set up for The Great Leap Forward?
10. What assignment is Joy given in the village, and why?
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 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 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 "Dreams of Joy" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Dreams of Joy" 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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