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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. Why does Yu-cun feel uncomfortable around the usher?
2. What is Dai-yu most concerned about on the first day of school?
3. Who starts school at the beginning of Chapter 9?
4. What is the name of the summit at which the goddess leaves the extra stone?
5. What do Qin Zhong and Darling do while the headmaster is out?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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.
2. How is the divide between rich and poor developed in Chapter 2?
3. What can we understand from Zhen Shi-yin's dream in the first chapter?
4. In what way does Dai-yu express her jealousy and somewhat obsessive attitude towards Bao-yu in the beginning of Chapter 9?
5. Discuss the concepts of fate and destiny in relation to the meeting at which Bao-chai looks at Bao-yu's jade.
6. How are Bao-yu's father's sentiments about Bao-yu depicted in Chapter 9?
7. Why would Dai-yu find it strange that Xi-feng appears to be in charge of household affairs?
8. What events surrounding the trial in Chapter 4 illustrate further the Jia family's decline?
9. What can be understood from Chinese diplomatic culture when considering Bao-yu's meeting with Prince Qinzhong?
10. 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.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Choose one of the following characters and discuss his or her relationship with and impact upon Bao-yu.
• Qin Zhong
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast the characters of Dai-yu and Bao-chai. How are they similar? How are they different?
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