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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. Who is Qin Zhong?
(a) Dai-yu's half brother.
(b) Qin-shi's half-brother.
(c) Bao-chai's brother.
(d) Qin-shi's brother.

2. What does the Taoist in the first chapter change his name to?
(a) Writer of Love.
(b) Warrior of the Sun.
(c) Brother in Light.
(d) Brother Amor.

3. Who forms deeps friendship with Darling and Precious?
(a) Dai-yu and Qin Zhong.
(b) Dai-yu and Bao-yu.
(c) Bao-chai and Dai-yu.
(d) Qin Zhong and Bao-yu.

4. What is the real reason for Jia Rui becoming ill?
(a) He is lovesick.
(b) He falls into a stagnant pond.
(c) He is doused with contents of a slop pail.
(d) He eats food that has gone bad.

5. What belief about Qin-shi does Xi-feng reveal to You-shi?
(a) That Qin-shi will soon fall in love.
(b) That Qin-shi is malingering and not actually sick.
(c) That Qin-shi is a reincarnated ancestor.
(d) That Qin-shi will die from her illness.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Jia Rui nearly sleep with accidentally?

2. What feeling is Bao-yu filled with in his dream?

3. Grannie Liu first sees Xi-feng who makes the suggestion that these relatives don't visit because they find the Jias _____.

4. When Bao-yu visits the Department of the Ill-Fated Fair, what is he allowed to look at?

5. What does Xi-feng make Jia Rui believe about herself?

Short Essay Questions

1. What thematic devices can be drawn from Bao-yu's relationship with women both during his dream and afterward?

2. Is the fact that Dai-yu is offered flowers last in Chapter 7 a reasonable reflection of her status in the house at that time?

3. 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.

4. What can be understood from Chinese diplomatic culture when considering Bao-yu's meeting with Prince Qinzhong?

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

6. How does the connection between Bao-yu and Bao-chai deepen in Chapter 7?

7. In what ways are fear of shame and being poor seen in Chapter 6?

8. Upon their first meeting, do Bao-yu and Dai-yu feel a connection with each other? If so, how is it shown?

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

10. 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?

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