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

2. One day, Bao-yu wakes with a feeling of _____________ that will not go away.

3. What kind of party does Grandmother Jia decide to hold?

4. What is Shui Rong's title?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why is Dai-yu overcome with grief as she listens to the words of the actresses rehearsing in the garden?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters of Dai-yu and Bao-chai. How are they similar? How are they different?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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