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 arrangements does Xi-feng talk to her husband about in relation to get-togethers?

2. Which of the following does NOT happen in the wake of Qin-shi's death?

3. What is most important about The Temple of the Iron Threshold in relation to Qin-shi?

4. What is Jia Rong offered immediately after there is concern about his status?

5. Who calls for Bao-yu to tell the boy he is to be moved in with the girls?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Bao-yu show increasing maturity in his response to the quarrels among his female companions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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