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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. Why does Pearl apply for paperwork to visit the Green Dragon Village?
2. How does Joy convince the brigade leader to let her do her project in the commune center?
3. What does the brigade leader say about Yong?
4. What has Tao's family managed to do to stave off starving?
5. What does the government promise to women who give birth?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do Dun and Pearl race to do and what does Pearl decide?
2. Why does Pearl work alongside Yong?
3. What does Dun confess to Pearl, and what is her reaction?
4. What does the brigade leader say about Yong, and what does he make Yong do?
5. About what does everyone worry on the commune and what does Tao's family do to try to fend off the anticipated problem?
6. How does Z. G. arrange for the group to get out of China?
7. What are indications that the famine caused by The Great Leap Forward is progressing horribly?
8. How does Joy react to the spectacle the Brigade leader makes of Yong, and how does she display courage?
9. What does Pearl find has arrived one day after returning from work?
10. What contest does the Brigade leader announce and how does the contest contribute to the food shortage?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:
1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Lisa See.
2. What in See's background may have helped him in writing "Dreams of Joy"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?
3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.
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