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. Where does Yuan-chun order that the girls of the house and Bao-yu be allowed to live?

2. What does Yuan-chun remind the family of as she departs from the garden?

3. Who seeks advice from Bao-yu about how to take care of the Ning household?

4. What is Dai-yu trying to do when Bao-yu comes to visit her in Chapter 19?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 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 role of sex and sexuality in the novel.

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