The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber; Volume 1: The Golden Days Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Cao Xueqin
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Qin Zhong?

2. Bao-yu and Qin Zhong form a plan to encourage their families to send them to _____.

3. How does the stone feel after being left by the goddess?

4. What does Grannie finally admit to Zhou under pressure?

5. What do Duke of Ning-guo and Duke of Ring-guo believe will happen if Bao-yu engages in sexual pleasure?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the story of Jia Rui teach a lesson about undue lust?

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

3. What can we understand from Zhen Shi-yin's dream in the first chapter?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the author use the setting of the Prospect Garden as a key location in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

The fact that Bao-yu eventually chooses to be with Bao-chai and not Dai-yu, his supposed predestined soulmate of the past and future, comes as a surprise. Discuss the reasons why the author would choose to take the narrative in this direction.

Essay Topic 3

How is the society portrayed in the novel shown to be strongly familial? In your answer, comment upon the familial influences felt by Bao-yu.

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