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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 refuses to attend the birthday party?
(a) You-shi.
(b) Bao-yu.
(c) Jia Rui.
(d) Jia Jing.

2. Who settles the boy in Qin Shi's room?
(a) Bao-chai.
(b) Qin Shi.
(c) Teng-zhi.
(d) Dai-yu.

3. What do Bao-yu and Xi-feng hear as they leave the Ning Mansion?
(a) A baby crying.
(b) A drunken servant cursing the Ning family.
(c) A drunken servant cursing the Jia family.
(d) A maid cursing Xi-feng.

4. What is the goddess in the opening chapter in the middle of doing?
(a) Praying.
(b) Mending the sky.
(c) Choosing a husband.
(d) Reading a book.

5. Which character from earlier in the book resurfaces working as a maid under the name Caltrop?
(a) Calamity.
(b) Ying Lian.
(c) Vanitas.
(d) Disenchantment, the fairy.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Qin Zhong?

2. What is Bao-yu's first question to Dai-yu?

3. Who forms deeps friendship with Darling and Precious?

4. Who does Dai-yu learn she will be living with even though it is not customary for girls to live with boys?

5. Who suggests a complex plan of action to bring a satisfactory end to the whole affair over which Yu-cun is presiding?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what reason(s) might Bao-yu have become discontented living in the Prospect Garden?

2. How does Bao-yu show increasing maturity in his response to the quarrels among his female companions?

3. Describe Bao-yu's relationship to alcohol in Chapter 8.

4. Why does Aroma manipulate Bao-yu in Chapter 19?

5. Discuss the concepts of fate and destiny in relation to the meeting at which Bao-chai looks at Bao-yu's jade.

6. What is Shui Rong's impression of Bao-yu?

7. What superstition in Chapter 21 is shown to be false?

8. Why does Jia Zheng finally start to warm to Bao-yu?

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

10. What is your opinion of Aroma's decision to allow Bao-yu to "have his way" with her following her discovery of his dream?

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