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 are Aroma's overall plans for Bao-yu?

2. What servant finds a lock of The Mattress's hair in Jia Lian's things?

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

4. What does Jia-zeng notice about Bao-yu's intelligence?

5. What do Bao-yu's pages take from him after the naming party for the garden for Yuan-chun?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of illness to the story? Discuss with at least three examples and why the author chooses to make these characters ill.

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

How does the author use the setting of the Prospect Garden as a key location in the novel?

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