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, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What wakes Xi-feng from her dream about Qin-shi?

2. What are Aroma's overall plans for Bao-yu?

3. What does Bao-yu pick at Qin Zhong about while staying at the temple?

4. Who calls for Bao-yu to tell the boy he is to be moved in with the girls?

5. Who gives temporary names to places and things in the garden for Yuan-chun?

Short Essay Questions

1. Hypothesize as to why Bao-yu's reaction to Qin-shi's death so violent.

2. What superstition in Chapter 21 is shown to be false?

3. How does the family express their bereavement of and Qin-shi's death to the public?

4. What does Bao-yu add to the book he is reading, and how does Dai-yu respond?

5. Why is Dai-yu overcome with grief as she listens to the words of the actresses rehearsing in the garden?

6. Discuss Yuan-chun's reaction upon her first visit home.

7. Analyze Bao-yu's interactions with his father Jia Zheng during the naming party.

8. For what reason(s) might Bao-yu have become discontented living in the Prospect Garden?

9. In what ways are Bao-yu's intellectual abilities displayed in the events surrounding Yuan-chun's visit?

10. How does Bao-yu show increasing maturity in his response to the quarrels among his female companions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Explore the ways the author illustrates the divide between poor classes and rich classes in the novel and the various grey areas surrounding that divide.

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