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. Which is the only character who chooses not to rest and recuperate after Yuan-chun's visit?

2. Who dies at the end of Chapter 16?

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

4. Why is Aroma upset with Bao-yu in Chapter 21?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Jia Zheng finally start to warm to Bao-yu?

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

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

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

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

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

Explore the relationship between "real" and "fantastic" worlds in the novel with a particular focus on The Land of Illusion and what influence it brings upon the main story.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What is the author's reasoning behind having such a large number of important and clearly defined characters? Illustrate your answer with examples from the text.

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