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 does the brigade leader say about Yong?

2. What does Joy realize by the messages in the shoes?

3. What requires that every pair of hands work nonstop?

4. Who concocts a plan to get to the commune?

5. To what does Pearl awaken?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Joy react to the spectacle the Brigade leader makes of Yong, and how does she display courage?

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

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

6. What about the package from Joy confuses Pearl, and who understands the message?

7. Why does Pearl apply for a travel visa?

8. What does Pearl send Joy and what does Joy do with the articles?

9. What crop is to be planted the following year and why is this a poor decision?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Dreams of Joy", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in this book. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot.) Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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

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.

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