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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 does Chen feel about his ranking?

2. Why does Hong decide he can now leave his brother?

3. How does Chen calm himself as he prepares to take the exam?

4. What position does Tang Wangai offer Chen?

5. What does Yeo do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where does the boat stop and Chen looks for Meng Dafu? What do the brothers do after that?

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

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

6. How far do the brothers take the Grand Canal, and what are they told at the end of it? What do they decide to do about the information?

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

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

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

10. What happens when Hong visits a fortune teller?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "The Examination" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 3

The scholars are asked to write on a single question, supposedly composed by the emperor himself. The question is "What does 'good' mean in the social order?" Chen is torn, because his own personal experiences seem to conflict with what he has learned through scholarship. He begins to write about his own experiences from his journey, but changes his mind and composes an essay on what makes a good leader.

1. Why do you think Chen's experience on his journey might conflict with his academic knowledge? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Why do you think Chen's experiences might be a good answer to the question about good? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. What influence do you think a good leader has on social order? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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