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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. With whom does Bao-yu spend his evening after being scolded by Aroma for defending her?
(a) Aroma.
(b) Patience.
(c) Musk.
(d) The Mattress.

2. Where does Yuan-chun order that the girls of the house and Bao-yu be allowed to live?
(a) The Prospect Garden
(b) The Peachtree Court,
(c) The refinished farmhouse.
(d) The Cherry Blossom Garden.

3. Who is the love interest of Bao-yu's newly adopted "son" Jia Yun?
(a) Crimson.
(b) The Mattress.
(c) Musk.
(d) Aroma.

4. One day, Bao-yu wakes with a feeling of _____________ that will not go away.
(a) Discontentment.
(b) Anger.
(c) Self pity.
(d) Excitement.

5. What servant finds a lock of The Mattress's hair in Jia Lian's things?
(a) Aroma.
(b) Tealeaf.
(c) Patience.
(d) Lin-yang.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which is the only character who chooses not to rest and recuperate after Yuan-chun's visit?

2. After a night's sleep, who does Bao-yu wake up next to in Chapter 21?

3. Which servant does Lian desire but who won't let him have her?

4. Who gives Bao-yu a present of romantic, sexual love stories to read?

5. For what does Yuan-chun request octets be written?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Qin-shi's honor and devotion to family seen before she dies?

2. What does the way the Jia family undertake preparations for Yuan-chun's visit show about their character when it comes to money?

3. Why is Dai-yu overcome with grief as she listens to the words of the actresses rehearsing in the garden?

4. What facets of the relationships between masters/mistresses and servants are shown in the conflict between Jia Lian, Xi-feng, and Patience?

5. Why do the children move into the Prospect Garden?

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

7. In Chapter 20, how does Bao-yu show that he cares about Dai-yu?

8. What is revealed about Xi-feng's character in the episode involving a servant woman bringing money to her?

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

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

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