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Shen Fu
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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. Who did Shen Fu pay money to in order to have him come with Shen Fu and Yun the next day to cook for them?

2. What flower did Shen Fu like to put into a vase instead of growing them in pots during the fall months?

3. While Shen Fu's favorite flower doesn't have a __________, the colors are long-lasting and they are easy to prune.

4. Shen Fu tells the reader to prune away an excess leaves on a flower in order to make it look spare and ______________.

5. Who was the only player who was allowed to think about their answers and a person who was considered an official paper?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Shen Fu try to describe about the potting and the arrangement of flowers?

2. What happened to destroy the work that Shen Fu and Yun did on their yard?

3. Why does Shen Fu take up so much time talking about the arrangement of pots and cases? What is he trying to do for the plants?

4. What does Shen Fu tells his parents about Yun when they meet as cousins when he is thirteen-years-old?

5. What is the therapy that Shen Fu receives for his most unfortunate injury, according to the book?

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

7. What is the gift from a friend that Shen Fu receives when he is younger, which causes him to go into a lot of detail?

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

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

10. Why does the book become a national favorite for those who read it as the times of the day in China were much different?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shen Fu holds close his memories of childhood as he tries to describe the simplest pleasures in his life as he grows up.

Part 1: Why do you think childhood memories are so important to Shen Fu in the telling of his story?

Part 2: Do you think it's important to look back at the past when you are living in the present day?

Part 3: How do you think focusing on one's past might be detrimental to one's present and to one's future?

Essay Topic 2

In his gardens, Shen Fu would create the illusions of other landscapes, with the use of rocks and plants.

Part 1: What is the value of creating illusions in one's life?

Part 2: Do you think that Shen Fu might have been trying to tell others in the world something about himself through his gardens?

Part 3: How do you think you might respond if you were to see one of Shen Fu's gardens?

Essay Topic 3

For a while, Shen Fu considers the life of a monk and a life of solitude, though he realizes that community is not for him.

Part 1: Why do you think Shen Fu wanted to have the life of solitude at one time?

Part 2: Do you think you would enjoy a life of solitude if it were possible for you?

Part 3: What are some of the benefits of living a solitude life, a life of prayer and devotion?

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