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 is the name of the goddess in the opening chapter?

2. According to Jia Yu-cun and Leng Zi-xing, what makes a person fundamentally good or bad?

3. What is the goddess in the opening chapter in the middle of doing?

4. What does the Taoist in the first chapter change his name to?

5. What belief about Qin-shi does Xi-feng reveal to You-shi?

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

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

4. How does the author establish karma as a central theme in Chapter 1?

5. What thematic devices can be drawn from Bao-yu's relationship with women both during his dream and afterward?

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

7. What is your opinion of Aroma's decision to allow Bao-yu to "have his way" with her following her discovery of his dream?

8. 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?

9. Explain the symbol of Greensickness Peak in relation to the rest of the novel.

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Because he is won over and particularly moved by the story of the stone, it could be said that Vanitas (later Brother Amor) is the character readers should identify with most. Comment upon this idea, explaining in the process how or why the story is "not just another erotic romance" as the stone itself says.

Essay Topic 2

Explore the relationship between "real" and "fantastic" worlds in the novel with a particular focus on The Land of Illusion and what influence it brings upon the main story.

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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