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. During what affair is Dai-yu seated at a place of honor?

2. What does Aroma realize about Bao-yu as she helps him redress after his nap?

3. What does Yu-cun let the family know about the murder case?

4. Of whom does Bao-yu dream?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Bao-yu's relationship to alcohol in Chapter 8.

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

3. What does the story of Ying-lian and Feng Yuan suggest about the role of fate and karma in the world of the novel?

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

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

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

7. Despite his limited presence, what becomes clear about Bao-yu during the first few episodes that involve him?

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

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

10. How is the divide between rich and poor developed in Chapter 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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