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 Joy realize are empty fantasies?

2. How does Sam die?

3. How does a woman kill herself one day?

4. Where does Joy go to search for her father?

5. How does the Captain of the ship from Hong Kong cheat Joy?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the commune set up for The Great Leap Forward?

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

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

4. What happens when Joy calls her boyfriend Joe when she is wandering through Chinatown?

5. What information does Pearl learn right after entering China that relieves her mind?

6. What does the Prologue recount?

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

8. Who does Pearl visit one morning and how does the older woman seem?

9. What is Green Dragon Village?

10. What does Pearl find when she goes to her childhood home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The government clearly has no idea how to properly plant and maintain field harvests, and they have the peasants so full of fear of be labeled counter-revolutionary that they won't speak up when they hear the terrifying field plans for The Great Leap Forward. Had anyone tried to convince the brigade leader that planting wheat in a cornfield wouldn't work, he would not have listened to their argument anyway. The brigade leader grew up in the city his entire life, is illiterate, but managed to secure a high-ranking position in the new government.

1. Explain the process you think would have to happen to beat people down so far that they would plant a food crop that would not grow. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. What do you think are the possible problems that might arise from having a city person run a farm. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. What do you see are the problems that are caused by having citizens in a country so fearful to speak out over a plan that is obvious to them will starve the population that they plant the wheat without saying a word to the commune leader. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Dreams of Joy" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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