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. Who is suffering from a mysterious sickness at the end of Chapter 10?

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

3. Although the songs tell the story of his family's life, Bao-yu is bored and does not understand what?

4. Who settles the boy in Qin Shi's room?

5. Who reveals sexual feelings for Xi-feng to her around the time of the birthday party?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what ways are fear of shame and being poor seen in Chapter 6?

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

3. In what way does Dai-yu express her jealousy and somewhat obsessive attitude towards Bao-yu in the beginning of Chapter 9?

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

5. Explore the significance of Bao-yu's inability to understand the songs the fairies sing to him about his family history, how to improve himself, and the fates of the women of the household.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the author's reasoning behind having such a large number of important and clearly defined characters? Illustrate your answer with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

How is the framing story of the stone's background an effective foundation for the author to build the rest of the action upon?

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