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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. Where is the party Grandmother Jia and the family held?
2. Who refuses to attend the birthday party?
3. Who is suffering from a mysterious sickness at the end of Chapter 10?
4. Who do the Jia family throw a birthday party for?
5. Who does Bao-yu cry out to in order to help him when he is dreaming?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Dai-yu overcome with grief as she listens to the words of the actresses rehearsing in the garden?
2. How are Bao-yu's father's sentiments about Bao-yu depicted in Chapter 9?
3. How does the stone eventually save Bao-yu and Xi-feng?
4. In what ways are Bao-yu's intellectual abilities displayed in the events surrounding Yuan-chun's visit?
5. Explore the meaning/possible symbolism behind Bao-yu's experience in the dream in Chapter 5.
6. Who calls upon demons in a plan to "get rid of" Bao-yu and Xi-feng and why?
7. Give a reason why Xue Pan might suddenly become interested in Bao-yu.
8. Upon their first meeting, do Bao-yu and Dai-yu feel a connection with each other? If so, how is it shown?
9. What does Bao-yu add to the book he is reading, and how does Dai-yu respond?
10. What can be understood from the relationship between Qin Zhong and Sappy?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explore the ways the author illustrates the divide between poor classes and rich classes in the novel and the various grey areas surrounding that divide.
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
"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?
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