Dreams of Joy: A Novel Test | Final 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 is Tao disgusted with Joy?

2. What does the mandate involve?

3. What does Joy want to create in the commune center?

4. What does Joy allow Pearl to do?

5. What does Kumei admit to Joy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Pearl work alongside Yong?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Over the course of "Dreams of Joy", Joy grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "Dreams of Joy" might be considered a slice of Joy's larger story of her "coming of age." It might be said that "Dreams of Joy" is a "bildungsroman" of Joy. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Joy as she changes from a more carefree, innocent girl to a wiser, young woman. What are the significant events that change Joy?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Joy's growth throughout "Dreams of Joy", do you think "Dreams of Joy" could be considered Joy's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "Dreams of Joy" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 3

Dreams of Joy belongs to the fiction genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the fiction genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a novel and a non-fiction?

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