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Cao Xueqin
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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 does the monk promise to do to the stone?
(a) Inscribe it.
(b) Carve it.
(c) Take it home.
(d) Find it a home.

2. Who starts school at the beginning of Chapter 9?
(a) Qin Zhong and Dai-yu.
(b) Bao-yu and Qin Zhong.
(c) Bao-chai and Bao-yu.
(d) Dai-yu and Bao-yu.

3. Who calms Bao-yu down when he makes a scene after his visit with Bao-chai?
(a) Aroma.
(b) Nannie Li.
(c) Bao-chai.
(d) Xi-feng.

4. From what country is the family this story is about?
(a) Vietnam.
(b) Mongolia.
(c) Japan.
(d) China.

5. What is Grandmother Jia and family invited to?
(a) A wedding banquet.
(b) A flower viewing party.
(c) A star-gazing party.
(d) A tea ceremony party.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Bao-yu make a scene upon returning home from his visit with Bao-chai?

2. What item of Bao-yu's does Bao-chai want a closer look at when he visits her?

3. What is the goddess in the opening chapter in the middle of doing?

4. How does the stone feel after being left by the goddess?

5. What job does Yu-cun learn there is a possibility of getting back?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Xi-feng hush Bao-yu when he questions the drunken servant cursing the Jia family at the Ning house?

2. Despite his limited presence, what becomes clear about Bao-yu during the first few episodes that involve him?

3. Why does Vanitas change his name to Brother Amor?

4. What does the story of Ying-lian and Feng Yuan suggest about the role of fate and karma in the world of the novel?

5. Explore the significance of Bao-yu's inability to understand the songs the fairies sing to him about his family history, how to improve himself, and the fates of the women of the household.

6. Discuss briefly the ways in which Dai-yu's personality is developed during her first days in the Jia household.

7. In what ways is more of Xi-feng's character revealed in her thoughts about Qin-shi and her dealings with Jia Rui?

8. What can be understood from the events surrounding the situation at the school in regard to other school children making fun of the boys of the Jia clan?

9. Explore the meaning/possible symbolism behind Bao-yu's experience in the dream in Chapter 5.

10. How does the story of Jia Rui teach a lesson about undue lust?

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