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 dies at the end of Chapter 16?

2. What is there concern about when it comes to Jia Rong's status?

3. For what does Yuan-chun request octets be written?

4. In her anger at Bao-yu, what does Dai-yu cut up?

5. What happens to Jia Zheng's dislike for Bao-yu towards the end of the novel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Aroma manipulate Bao-yu in Chapter 19?

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

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

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

7. How does Xiang-yun's presence lead Bao-yu to think more highly of Bao-chai?

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

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

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

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

Because he is won over and particularly moved by the story of the stone, it could be said that Vanitas (later Brother Amor) is the character readers should identify with most. Comment upon this idea, explaining in the process how or why the story is "not just another erotic romance" as the stone itself says.

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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