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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. How do Chen and Hong cross the Yellow River?

2. How does Chen feel about his ranking?

3. What does Hong say he will consider?

4. What happens when the ship leaves Juijiang?

5. Who does Hong visit before he leaves Beijing?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Hong going to get a message from Tang Wangai?

2. What is available to Chen for a position, what is he considering and how does Hong feel about Chen making up his mind?

3. What does Hong tell the pirates about the letters he carries?

4. Why do the brothers stop in Qufu and who do they meet there? What does he ask them to do?

5. How is Chen feeling when he starts his examination in Beijing and how does he feel at the end of it?

6. What does Chen do that ends his friendship with Yuying and what does she do about it?

7. Where does Hong go when he escapes the pirates and who helps him?

8. Why is General Ma disappointed about Hong and what does he invite Hong to do?

9. How does Hong find information about the locusts and his village?

10. How does Chen finally decide upon a position?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Chen and Hong leave their father and proceed on a journey so that Chen can take examinations and obtain a good position in life. In a number of their stops Chen and Hong are both faced with making a decision to stay or continue on the journey.

1. Do you think it is moral for both boys to leave their father alone? Why or why not? Use examples from "The Examination" and your own life to support your answer.

2. Why do you think Hong has given up time in his own life to assist his brother in his brother's quest? Use examples from "The Examination" and your own life to support your answer.

3. What do you think the decisions that Hong and Chen make in their journey says about their characters? Discuss their determination, temptations and decisions in depth. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

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