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 does the brigade leader continue to expect?

2. How many travel permits does Z. G. obtain?

3. Why is Pearl upset to hear that Joy is pregnant?

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

5. Why is Joy miserable on the commune?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. About what does everyone worry on the commune and what does Tao's family do to try to fend off the anticipated problem?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The government clearly has no idea how to properly plant and maintain field harvests, and they have the peasants so full of fear of be labeled counter-revolutionary that they won't speak up when they hear the terrifying field plans for The Great Leap Forward. Had anyone tried to convince the brigade leader that planting wheat in a cornfield wouldn't work, he would not have listened to their argument anyway. The brigade leader grew up in the city his entire life, is illiterate, but managed to secure a high-ranking position in the new government.

1. Explain the process you think would have to happen to beat people down so far that they would plant a food crop that would not grow. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. What do you think are the possible problems that might arise from having a city person run a farm. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. What do you see are the problems that are caused by having citizens in a country so fearful to speak out over a plan that is obvious to them will starve the population that they plant the wheat without saying a word to the commune leader. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Pearl and May. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Z.G. and Dun. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "Dreams of Joy" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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