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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 does Landlord Ma offer in order to convince Chen to marry his daughter?

2. What does Hong agree to do?

3. Why are Chen and Hong in the custody of the magistrate?

4. What does Landlord Ma do when he gets upset with Chen?

5. What right does Chen earn?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hong do while Chen is taking his exam?

2. What does Shen Ding explain to Chen about the grading of the exams?

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

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

5. What do Hong and Chen announce to their father and what is his reaction?

6. How does Chen figure out that Shen Ding tried to ruin Chen's chances at passing the exam?

7. How is the truth of the brothers decided?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Bosse has tried as much as possible to use historical events and facts around which to weave his work of fiction. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think this book qualifies as an historical fiction? Why or why not?

2. If much of the events in the book are historical, what surprises you about the way the events play out?

3. Do you think the culture of that era is more or less advanced than you imagined? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

This novel is more character driven rather than action driven, and obviously there are several characters who make the novel what it is. Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Hong and Chen. Include their goals, sense of honor, abilities and social skills.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Chen and Shen Ding.

3. Thoroughly analyze the character of Lao Chen discussing both his strong and weak points and how both affect the outcome of the plot.

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