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Shen Fu
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the highest position to which Shen Fu rose in the story, a lower position, though Shen Fu was content in it?
(a) Teacher.
(b) Private secretary.
(c) Janitor.
(d) Magistrate.

2. _______ stories in China are rare, so this might be one of the reasons why this book became so popular with the readers of the time.
(a) Class.
(b) Horror.
(c) Love.
(d) Art.

3. Shen Fu tells the reader to create small scenes as lovely as ________ when adding detail in the pot with flowers and stones.
(a) Poetry.
(b) Books.
(c) Dragons.
(d) Pictures.

4. What should the roots of a potted tree look like when one is choosing between potted trees to raise?
(a) Clouds.
(b) Cranes.
(c) Chicken feet.
(d) Bamboo shoots.

5. What does Shen Fu seem to have specialized in, according to this skills when he was a secretary for the magistrate?
(a) Judicial.
(b) Bookkeeping.
(c) Law.
(d) Document registration.

Short Answer Questions

1. Shen Fu says that he defines frugality as knowing when to save _______________, according to his writings.

2. Shen Fu describes the fact that he was _____________ to take on the position as a secretary, which is not uncommon.

3. What did Shen Fu use when he didn't have any pieces of stone to put around his narcissi?

4. What kind of seeds does Shen Fu suggest being ground off and put into an eggshell which can then be put with other chicken eggs?

5. When trees and flowers are planted for the first time, it doesn't matter if they are planted ______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Shen Fu describe the cleverness of Yun when he talks about her life and her upbringing?

2. Why was Shen Fu's favorite orchid destroyed, according to the story that Shen Fu is writing?

3. What is the advice that Yun gives to Shen Fu about painting insects as a part of his artistic endeavors?

4. What are the things that Shen Fu and Yun discuss when they do the Pavilion together?

5. What does Shen Fu think that people with modest homes should try to do with their homes and their arrangements?

6. What does Shen Fu's education prepare him to be, which is a disappointment to his family as the reader learns in the story?

7. What does Yun do when she is separated from Shen Fu while he is off training in order to be a government official?

8. What are some of the things which Shen Fu describes in relation to the placement of rocks?

9. What happens with the family as a result of the incident which Shen Fu has to deal when when he is a child?

10. What is the interesting way that Shen Fu and Yun want to be reincarnated when they are born again in their next life?

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