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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 Leng Zi-xing explain in regards to turning out sons?
(a) They are looking for a man to replace their sons.
(b) They are very successful in turning out strong and capable sons.
(c) They will soon be turning over their estate to the youngest male heir.
(d) That they struggle in bearing good male heirs.

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 warns Yu-cun not to arrest Xue?
(a) Feng Yuan.
(b) The usher.
(c) Lady Wang.
(d) A monk.

4. Grannie Liu visits the Rong Mansion under the cover of seeing Mrs. Zhou, an old friend, but what is she really looking for?
(a) The Jia family will.
(b) A hand out.
(c) Bao-yu's stone.
(d) A runaway servant.

5. Who does Bao-yu take an opportunity to go and visit at the start of Chapter 8?
(a) Precious.
(b) Bao-chai.
(c) Qin Zhong.
(d) Dai-yu.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Bao-yu and Qin Zhong quickly learn about each other?

2. How does Jia Rui eventually die?

3. Who do the Jia family throw a birthday party for?

4. Who refuses to attend the birthday party?

5. What is Grandmother Jia and family invited to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. What events surrounding the trial in Chapter 4 illustrate further the Jia family's decline?

5. In what way does Dai-yu express her jealousy and somewhat obsessive attitude towards Bao-yu in the beginning of Chapter 9?

6. 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?

7. 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.

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

9. How does Bao-yu use family ties to his advantage during the events at the school?

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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