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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 do Hong and Chen do in Chongqing?

2. Why does the Magistrate let the boys go with no punishment?

3. What are Hong and Chen doing at the opening to this section?

4. What are the customs officers doing?

5. To whom does Zhu Tong ask Hong to deliver a letter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who has tutored Chen and what type of examinations has he passed at the beginning of the book? What is he now called in China?

2. What does Chen promise his father and what is the likelihood of him keeping that promise?

3. What has Hong heard about locust, what is his concern and how does Chen respond to that concern?

4. How does Hong eventually feel about Lin Shi and what happens to Lin Shi?

5. How does Hong intend to help his brother Chen, and what are the names of his two crickets?

6. Where does Hong find Ye Pan and what does he do before delivering the letter? What does Ye Pan do when he sees Hong?

7. Who does Hong get to know on the river?

8. What concerns Hong about Chen while they are staying at Ma's home?

9. What did Chen need in order to take the first examination and how did he get it?

10. Why is Bao angry at Hong and to what does Hong finally agree?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the world of academia, historical fiction is often considered an inferior form of the novel compared to "classic" literature. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think historical fiction might be considered second-rate compared to the classics?

2. Do you think historical fiction has the same elements as the classics? Why or why not?

3. What are the purposes do you think for people reading "the classics"? What are the purposes for people reading historical fiction? Is one purpose better than another? Explain your response.

4. Would you read historical fiction even outside an educational setting? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "The Examination", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "The Examination". (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

4. Many writers and critics say there are only a few plots in the world of fiction; it's what an author does with a plot that distinguishes a mediocre book from an outstanding book. Respond to this idea, using examples from "The Examination" and other books you have read.

Essay Topic 3

Many events that happen in "The Examination" are foreshadowed by previous events and/or signs. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "foreshadow."

2. Why would an author use foreshadowing? Do you think it adds or detracts from your experience as a reader? Explain.

3. Trace and analyze five instances of foreshadowing in "The Examination". Match up what is mentioned earlier and what it foreshadows. Did you guess that each instance of foreshadowing was a "heads up" of something to come? Why or why not.

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