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. Where is everyone when Z. G. and Pearl arrive at the Green Dragon?

2. What does Tao do that surprises Joy?

3. What is the meaning of the item pinned to Yong's chest?

4. Why is Joy miserable on the commune?

5. What does the brigade leader have Yong do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Tao's reaction to his new daughter and what does Joy decide about the child's name?

3. What does Dun confess to Pearl, and what is her reaction?

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

5. Why does Pearl apply for a travel visa?

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

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

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

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

10. What gives Joy hope as she boils her new shoes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Dreams of Joy". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think See chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think See chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss See's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does See use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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