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. What does Xi-feng's leadership bring to the Ning house?

2. What important event is the Prince of Bei-jing present for?

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

4. Who scolds the maids for their mess?

5. What addiction does Dai-yu discover of Bao-yu's?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Is the author justified in including a large number of coincidences (for example Dai-yu visiting Bao-chai at the same time as Bao-yu, or Xi-feng entering the room just as Patience confronts Jia Lian) in the novel? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explore the ways the author illustrates the divide between poor classes and rich classes in the novel and the various grey areas surrounding that divide.

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