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. Where does the funeral procession for Qin-shi finally arrive?

2. Who insists on being allowed to visit Qin-shi's body after her death?

3. Who does the Prince of Bei-jing ask to meet?

4. Who is Yuan-chun overjoyed to see when she comes to see the garden?

5. Who helps Bao-yu with writing poems for Yuan-chun?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Yuan-chun's reaction upon her first visit home.

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

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

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

5. How is Qin-shi's honor and devotion to family seen before she dies?

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

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

8. What does the way the Jia family undertake preparations for Yuan-chun's visit show about their character when it comes to money?

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

10. What can be understood from the relationship between Qin Zhong and Sappy?

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

Discuss whether the use of symbolism in the novel is effective. Make reference to the stone of the title and at least two other examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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