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 Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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