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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. What does the monk promise to do to the stone?
2. Why does Yu-cun feel uncomfortable around the usher?
3. Who does Bao-yu take an opportunity to go and visit at the start of Chapter 8?
4. Before Bao-yu leaves for school, his father berates him for _____.
5. What does Xi-feng do when Bao-yu questions a servant at the Ning Mansion?
Short Essay Questions
1. Discuss briefly the ways in which Dai-yu's personality is developed during her first days in the Jia household.
2. How are Bao-yu's father's sentiments about Bao-yu depicted in Chapter 9?
3. What can be understood from the events surrounding the situation at the school in regard to other school children making fun of the boys of the Jia clan?
4. What can we understand from Zhen Shi-yin's dream in the first chapter?
5. How does Bao-yu use family ties to his advantage during the events at the school?
6. How does the story of Jia Rui teach a lesson about undue lust?
7. How does the connection between Bao-yu and Bao-chai deepen in Chapter 7?
8. What can be understood from Chinese diplomatic culture when considering Bao-yu's meeting with Prince Qinzhong?
9. 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.
10. Explore the meaning/possible symbolism behind Bao-yu's experience in the dream in Chapter 5.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How is the framing story of the stone's background an effective foundation for the author to build the rest of the action upon?
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
What is the author's reasoning behind having such a large number of important and clearly defined characters? Illustrate your answer with examples from the text.
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