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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. Why is General Ma disappointed with Hong?
2. What is Chen's rank on the next to the last examination?
3. Who is Yao?
4. Where has Meng Dafu gone?
5. What is Chen offered after his examinations?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Chen do that ends his friendship with Yuying and what does she do about it?
2. What happens with Hong after he receives the message from Tang?
3. What does Hong agree to do with Yao, and what does he insist on first? How do the boys carry out Hong's desire?
4. What is available to Chen for a position, what is he considering and how does Hong feel about Chen making up his mind?
5. How does Chen finally decide upon a position?
6. How does Hong find information about the locusts and his village?
7. Why is General Ma disappointed about Hong and what does he invite Hong to do?
8. Where does the boat stop and Chen looks for Meng Dafu? What do the brothers do after that?
9. How does Chen answer the final question on the examination, and why is troubled by it?
10. What do the river pirates do when they board the boat?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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).
Essay Topic 2
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze one major theme of "The Examination". Consider the following: How does one character's actions portray the theme you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to that theme? Is the theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?
2. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of this novel. What are those themes? Is each theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?
3. What benefit is there in discussing and analyzing the themes of a work of fiction? Do you think most authors consciously develop themes in their works? Why or why not? Can there be accidental themes? What do you think is one possible "accidental" theme in "The Examination"? Which theme in the book speaks to you the most in your life? Why?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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