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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 Hong promise Fei Qun?

2. Who is Hong observing to decide if the man can be trusted?

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

4. Why doesn't Lao Hong give some of his prize money to his father?

5. What does Lin Shi decide Hong and Chen are doing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is waiting for Chen when he arrives home and who has done it for him?

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

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

6. What does Shen Ding advise Chen to do on the last day of the exam, what does Chen decide to do and why?

7. What test taker treats the brothers to tea and what does he tell Chen about the examination?

8. From where is Chen returning on a cart and on what is he thinking?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "The Examination". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters most need to grow as humans? Why? Give examples. Why characters seem to have reached close to their full emotional/mental growth? Why? Give examples What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of immaturity in "The Examination". Which characters struggle with immaturity? Why? Which characters seem really healthy emotionally/mentally? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of tradition in "The Examination". What is Chen's view of tradition? Hong's? Pan? Ma? Why is tradition important to some characters? Is anyone willing to abandon traditional viewpoints? Who? What are the positive and negative aspects to tradition?

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "The Examination" is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "The Examination". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Bosse chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Bosse chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss Bosse's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Bosse use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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