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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. Who is Yuying?

2. What happens to Hong after Chen is taken away?

3. What does Chen visit every day?

4. What do Hong and Chen give two woman sitting near a farmhouse?

5. Who is deemed to be worth a high ransom?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where do the brothers finally stop after the Yellow River plain and where do they stay there?

2. What happens when Chen is invited out by three other scholars?

3. How does Wang Chih get away from the army?

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

5. What happens with Hong after he receives the message from Tang?

6. What does Hong agree to do with Yao, and what does he insist on first? How do the boys carry out Hong's desire?

7. What is the examination in Beijing going to be?

8. What does Hong do while Chen is studying?

9. Where is Hong taken by the pirates, who does he meet and what does that person tell him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "The Examination" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "The Examination" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of "The Examination" and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of "The Examination" and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot of "The Examination"?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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