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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Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To whose house does Bao-yu wander to to study to look at a painting that he likes?

2. What character does one of the child actors look like?

3. What does Aroma urge Bao-yu to stop eating?

4. How does Xi-feng's personality as an overbearing mistress come to light in the Ning house?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explore the role of sex and sexuality in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the central dramatic device of the novel, the love triangle between Bao-yu, Dai-yu and Bao-chai, and how it is used to generate conflict and drama and to maintain the reader's interest.

Essay Topic 3

Destiny and predestination is a central theme throughout the novel. What narrative devices does the author utilize to maintain the reader's interest in this idea through an atmosphere of inevitability that pervades the novel's subtext?

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