Dreams of Joy: A Novel Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why does Pearl not get along well with the boarders in her childhood home?

2. How does Joy feel about returning to the commune?

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

4. Why do they put metal blinders on the water buffalo?

5. According to Auntie Hu, how can Pearl reclaim many of her old belongings?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Prologue recount?

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

3. What does Joy think about when listening to the propaganda about working hard?

4. What does Pearl find has arrived one day after returning from work?

5. How does Joy inadvertently cause problems for the group in their escape plans?

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

7. What happens when the commune members are called to the canteen?

8. Why does Pearl agree to leave the commune with Z. G.?

9. Why does Tao's mother send Joy to the birthing house and what is the outcome?

10. What is Green Dragon Village?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Joy hears that Ping-Li had begged for a divorce from her abusive husband but was continually told to work for the greater good of China by being a better wife. Desperate, she committed suicide by throwing herself in front of the hay cutter. It is interesting to note that the villagers commented on how red her blood was, a sign of a good communist. There were not repercussions for Ping-Li's husband and dissent began to take over the women in the commune who claimed their rights weren't being respected. A few days later, the villagers were banned from speaking about Ping-Li's death.

1. Do you think Ping-Li was abused because she was not a good wife? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Discuss the symbolism to the Chinese workers of the red blood and what kind of propaganda could make people discuss a woman who has just killed herself in such a manner. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Discuss the reasons you believe the government banned the people of the commune from talking about Ping-Li. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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 "Dreams of Joy" is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadow are in "Dreams of Joy"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "Dreams of Joy including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Dreams of Joy" and your own live to support your opinion.

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