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. What does the doctor believe about his patient's prognosis at the end of Chapter 10?

2. At the birthday party in Chapter 11, what does much of the conversation center on?

3. What does Yu-cun do to the usher as a result of feeling uncomfortable around him?

4. What was the subject of dispute Yu-cun was set to rule over?

5. Who refuses to attend the birthday party?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Bao-yu's father's sentiments about Bao-yu depicted in Chapter 9?

2. Discuss briefly the ways in which Dai-yu's personality is developed during her first days in the Jia household.

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

4. Is the fact that Dai-yu is offered flowers last in Chapter 7 a reasonable reflection of her status in the house at that time?

5. How does the author make it clear in Chapter 1 that the reader should expect an element of the supernatural in the novel?

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

7. What events surrounding the trial in Chapter 4 illustrate further the Jia family's decline?

8. Why does Vanitas change his name to Brother Amor?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the role of sex and sexuality in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss whether the use of symbolism in the novel is effective. Make reference to the stone of the title and at least two other examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of illness to the story? Discuss with at least three examples and why the author chooses to make these characters ill.

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