Water Margin Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Shi Nai'an
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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 do the men become angry with Yang Zhi?

2. What does Mistress Yang suggest be done with Wu the Elder's corpse?

3. To what monastery is Lu Da traveling in Chapter Six?

4. What does Wu Song kill?

5. How many of the soldiers survive the attack on Liangshan Marsh?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Liangshan Marsh was first started as a stronghold, what was its purpose?

2. What does Wu Song's principal "Don't pass one without having three" mean?

3. How do Yang Zhi and Lu Da take over Precious Pearl Monastery?

4. Why can the Ruan Brothers no longer fish near Liangshan Marsh?

5. What reasons does Wu Song give Song Jiang that the two should not travel together?

6. Describe Li Kui.

7. Why does Shi En, the prison guard, treat Wu Song so well while he is in jail?

8. What happens to Li Xing at the end of chapter 50?

9. What do the stewards under Yang Zhi's command decide to tell Governor Liang about the theft of the gifts?

10. Briefly describe Song Jiang.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why was it so important to Song Jiang that he and the others be granted amnesty for their crimes?

Essay Topic 2

In the conclusion of the novel, who were the ultimate winners? Although the bandits were able to save their country from a formidable foe (the Liaos) they never got the military or governmental honors and prestige they wanted. Write an essay in which you attempt to determine who were the winners of this conflict. Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

When Chao Gai decides to act upon the Red-Haired Demon's suggestion that they steal the birthday gifts intended for Cai the Premier he does so with the rationalization that these gifts were purchased with stolen money so it is not a crime to steal them back. Do you believe this rationalization is solid? Why or why not?

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