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 main story line follow?

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

3. Who do the Jia family throw a birthday party for?

4. What do Qin Zhong and Darling do while the headmaster is out?

5. Who interrupts Bao-yu's visit with Bao-chai in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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.

5. Upon their first meeting, do Bao-yu and Dai-yu feel a connection with each other? If so, how is it shown?

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

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

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

9. How does Bao-yu use family ties to his advantage during the events at the school?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the central dramatic device of the novel, the love triangle between Bao-yu, Dai-yu and Bao-chai, and how it is used to generate conflict and drama and to maintain the reader's interest.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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