The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber; Volume 1: The Golden Days Test | Final Test - Hard

Cao Xueqin
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Jia Zheng's dislike for Bao-yu towards the end of the novel?

2. How long will burial ceremonies for Qin-shi last?

3. What is the attitude of Jia Zheng's literary friends towards Bao-yu?

4. Who is the love interest of Bao-yu's newly adopted "son" Jia Yun?

5. Where does the funeral procession for Qin-shi finally arrive?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How is the society portrayed in the novel shown to be strongly familial? In your answer, comment upon the familial influences felt by Bao-yu.

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

Compare and contrast the characters of Dai-yu and Bao-chai. How are they similar? How are they different?

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