Dreams of Joy: A Novel Test | Final Test - Hard

Lisa See
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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 is beginning to hit the city?

2. What are sparrows, rats, insects, and flies considered?

3. To what does Pearl awaken?

4. What do Pearl's housemates do when Pearl is out of the house one day?

5. What has likely happened to the messages Pearl has sent Joy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Pearl work alongside Yong?

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

3. What are indications that the famine caused by The Great Leap Forward is progressing horribly?

4. What sort of horrors do Z.G. and Pearl see when they are driving to the village?

5. What does Joy say in a letter to Pearl, and what is Pearl's reaction?

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

7. What does the brigade leader say about Yong, and what does he make Yong do?

8. How does Z. G. arrange for the group to get out of China?

9. How does Z. G. decide to get Joy away from the commune?

10. What do Dun and Pearl race to do and what does Pearl decide?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Dreams of Joy". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in "Dreams of Joy". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in "Dreams of Joy". Consider the death of Mike as an random act of nature and the death of Luis as the result of conscious violence. Consider also in your answer the death of innocence in Rick from the beginning of the book to the end.

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