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 makes a loud entrance at the Jia residence?

2. According to the inscription on the stone, what has the stone once been?

3. Who forms deeps friendship with Darling and Precious?

4. Where is the party Grandmother Jia and the family held?

5. What develops between the three main characters of the book?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why would Dai-yu find it strange that Xi-feng appears to be in charge of household affairs?

3. Hypothesize over the influence Bao-yu's father has on him despite his consistently disapproving attitude towards Bao-yu.

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. How does superstition appear in the events surrounding Jia Rui?

10. How does the connection between Bao-yu and Bao-chai deepen in Chapter 7?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"In The Story of the Stone, the keeping of secrets frequently benefits all concerned." In your perception, is this statement true or false? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The central character of Bao-yu has a very clear arc of development. Discuss this with particular focus on the different levels of maturity that he attains and how he attains them.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following characters and discuss his or her relationship with and impact upon Bao-yu.

• Xi-feng

• Aroma

• Qin-shi

• Qin Zhong

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