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 Tao do that surprises Joy?

2. What happens three months after Z. G. leaves the commune?

3. What work does Pearl do?

4. How much rice is each peasant given per day?

5. To what does Pearl awaken?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the commune members are called to the canteen?

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

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. What contest does the Brigade leader announce and how does the contest contribute to the food shortage?

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. Why does Pearl work alongside Yong?

8. What does the brigade leader say about Yong, and what does he make Yong do?

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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