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

2. What important event happens on the day of Jia Zheng's birthday?

3. During what time will Bao-yu be allowed to live with the girls?

4. What is purchased for Yuan-chun's first visit to her garden?

5. Who calls for Bao-yu to tell the boy he is to be moved in with the girls?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Analyze Bao-yu's interactions with his father Jia Zheng during the naming party.

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

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

6. What does Bao-yu add to the book he is reading, and how does Dai-yu respond?

7. For what reason(s) might Bao-yu have become discontented living in the Prospect Garden?

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

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

10. What is revealed about Xi-feng's character in the episode involving a servant woman bringing money to her?

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

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

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.

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