The Examination - Pages 253-269 Summary & Analysis

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The examination in Beijing is in two parts, the narrative explains. The first is the municipal examination that weeds out all but a few hundred of the best. Those top ranked scholars then take the palace examination. Chen prepares by visiting the imperial library every day to read and study. He is aware that his travel to reach this point has broadened his mind and made him much more aware of his surroundings.

While Chen is studying, Hong meets secretly with other members of the White Lotus. He learns of a corrupt official named Ni Fenglin, the highest ranking minister below the emperor. Ni Fenglin uses his position to further his own gains, Hong is told. The White Lotus plans to assassinate him.

One evening, Chen is the guest of three other scholars who are taking the exam. The three are...

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