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. Who scolds Aroma for not getting up when she enters a room?

2. Xi-feng's infant daughter becomes ill with _____.

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

4. One day, Bao-yu wakes with a feeling of _____________ that will not go away.

5. Who gives Bao-yu a present of romantic, sexual love stories to read?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Jia Zheng finally start to warm to Bao-yu?

2. What does the way the Jia family undertake preparations for Yuan-chun's visit show about their character when it comes to money?

3. Why do the children move into the Prospect Garden?

4. What facets of the relationships between masters/mistresses and servants are shown in the conflict between Jia Lian, Xi-feng, and Patience?

5. How do the servants of the house react to Qin-shi's death?

6. How is the relationship between Bao-yu and his servants developed in the events after Yuan-chun's visit?

7. What is Shui Rong's impression of Bao-yu?

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

9. How is Qin-shi's honor and devotion to family seen before she dies?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"In The Story of the Stone, the keeping of secrets frequently benefits all concerned." In your perception, is this statement true or false? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Explore the role of sex and sexuality in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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