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. What does Bao-yu call for an end for in his altered poem?

2. What did Bao-yu not allow to be taken from him by his pages?

3. In Xi-feng's dream, why is Qin-shi concerned about the family falling on hard times?

4. Who leads Yuan-chun's arrival at her garden?

5. After a night's sleep, who does Bao-yu wake up next to in Chapter 21?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In Chapter 20, how does Bao-yu show that he cares about Dai-yu?

6. How does Patience show her loyalty to Xi-feng in Chapter 16?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of illness to the story? Discuss with at least three examples and why the author chooses to make these characters ill.

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