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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 are the first people who come across the stone after the goddess leaves it there?
(a) A monk and Taoist.
(b) A Buddhist and monk.
(c) A warrior and monk.
(d) A monk and priest.

2. What is Dai-yu most concerned about on the first day of school?
(a) Whether or not Bao-yu will bid farewell to Bao-chai also.
(b) If she will fit in.
(c) How she will be able to study and also work at the estate.
(d) If Bao-yu's father will also become angry with her one day.

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

4. How does Jia Rui eventually die?
(a) He suffers heart failure.
(b) He is stabbed by Xi-feng in a dream and never wakes up.
(c) He falls out of a second floor window.
(d) He looks into the wrong side of the Taoist's mirror.

5. Who do the Jia family throw a birthday party for?
(a) Jia Jing.
(b) Jia Rui.
(c) Jia Qiang.
(d) Qin-shi.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the summit at which the goddess leaves the extra stone?

2. Who interrupts Bao-yu's visit with Bao-chai in Chapter 8?

3. Who sends Yu-cun to the capitol with his daughter Dai-yu?

4. During the party Bao-yu becomes...

5. Of whom does Bao-yu dream?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author make it clear in Chapter 1 that the reader should expect an element of the supernatural in the novel?

3. Why would Dai-yu find it strange that Xi-feng appears to be in charge of household affairs?

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

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

6. Hypothesize over the influence Bao-yu's father has on him despite his consistently disapproving attitude towards Bao-yu.

7. How are Bao-yu's father's sentiments about Bao-yu depicted in Chapter 9?

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

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

10. Although the Jia family throws a spectacular birthday party for Jia Jing even though he refuses to leave the monastery to attend, much of the conversation centers on Qin-shi's puzzling illness. Hypothesize as to why this is.

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