The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber; Volume 1: The Golden Days Test | Lesson Plans 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

The fact that Bao-yu eventually chooses to be with Bao-chai and not Dai-yu, his supposed predestined soulmate of the past and future, comes as a surprise. Discuss the reasons why the author would choose to take the narrative in this direction.

Essay Topic 2

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

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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