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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. What does Shen Fu later think that the battle between the two insects probably was?

2. Shen Fu tells the reader to create small scenes as lovely as ________ when adding detail in the pot with flowers and stones.

3. Who discovers that Yun is dressed up as a man, which causes them to be discovered during the festival?

4. The proper training of a ______ takes at least thirty to forty years, and Shen Fu notes he has only known one man to achieve this task.

5. The bedroom that Shen Fu and Yun share is called - "The Pavilion of My Guest's _______________."

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens in the incident with the earthworm and Shen Fu when he is a child?

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

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

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

6. What are the other two favorite flowers of Shen Fu, which he describes in the story according to the way he arranges them and pots them?

7. 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?

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

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

10. What does Shen Fu describe doing when he was a child when he was lying on the grass?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Shen Fu decides that even with his educational background that he wants to do something different, something his family sees as being beneath him.

Part 1: Why do you think Shen Fu decided to do something for which he was vastly overqualified?

Part 2: Do you think it's right to take on a job in which you are not challenged?

Part 3: How do you think your family would feel if you took on a job which was far below your skill set?

Essay Topic 2

According to the Introduction of the book, there is some dissent over whether this book is accurate or whether other transcripts have been written by the author.

Part 1: Do you feel that missing some of the book passages reduces your enjoyment of the book?

Part 2: Why do you think it's important to some readers that the text of a book be 100% accurate?

Part 3: How do you feel when you find out that a book is not completely accurate in its storytelling?

Essay Topic 3

The family dynamics for Shen Fu and Yun are played out in the many ways the family mocks them and disowns them for trying to be happy.

Part 1: Why do you think it's so common for families to be the worst critics of their own children?

Part 2: How do you think you would handle so much criticism from your own family?

Part 3: Do you think that Shen Fu and Yun should have simply listened to their families? Why or why not?

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