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Fifteen-year-old Hong and his older brother Chen face famine, flood, pirates, and jealous rivals on their journey through fifteenth century China as Chen pursues his calling as a scholar and Hong becomes involved with a secret society known as the White Lotus. ...

Title : The Examination
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ISBN : 9780374322342
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Examination Reviews

  • Sheri
    2019-02-19 03:13

    I didn't make it too far in this one. Cricket fighting is only so interesting, and I had no idea it could be so gory.

  • Gabsss
    2019-01-31 06:01

    WORST BOOK IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ted Hunt
    2019-02-13 23:46

    A nice readable novel that provides some insights concerning life in China in the late Ming era. At one point, Lao Tze, the "father" of Taoism, is quoted: "When one comes to a fork in the road, take it." Who knew that Yogi Berra was actually a Taoist?

  • Kathie Jackson
    2019-02-20 06:05

    Set in the Ming Dynasty, following two very different brothers, Hong the wily and street smart 15-year-old cricket fighter who is more like an older brother to 19-year-old Chen the scholar. Hong must accompany Chen on a foot journey of over 3,000 miles to sit for a series of scholarly examinations that test the intellect, writing skill and will. Those who pass the grueling tests are guaranteed cushy government jobs, but Chen is more interested in learning for learning's sake, and his brilliant brain seems stuck in the clouds as he quotes poetry and Confucius, often disconnected from his surroundings. Hong's keen wit and judgement saves them in many a scrape as they are kidnapped by pirates, travel through devastated areas of famine, and cities filled with people who wish to do them harm. I would rank this book with the classics The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck and The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in the beauty of writing, and immersive experience in a distant time and culture. Some brutal reality makes this a good choice for age 12+, but it's a must read for everyone.

  • Kris
    2019-02-01 06:57

    A really great novel set in 16th century China. It follows two brothers as they make their way across China as the older brother rises through the examination process. I loved seeing so many of the places I've visited and appreciated the author's inclusion of so many minor parts of daily life. He didn't shrink away from pirates, floods, famines, etc, but tempered it all with poetry and philosophy from China's greats. This was not a pretty book or a happy book, but it wasn't a downer either. I also really appreciated that the author did not take a standard western tone. You could tell he wasn't native Chinese, but there was none of the gratuitous sensationalism that normally comes from Western books about China (ahem, Lisa See).

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-10 01:11

    I had to read this book for class and I flat out hated it. It takes a lot for me to say I hate a book. I could see where people could think it was good, but for me it was strained. It wasn't free flowing and unpredictable. It was stiff and unchanging. The book follows two brothers on a journey through China. I kept getting the characters mixed up and I couldn't follow them.the "exciting" parts fell flat and weren't dramatic enough, very monotone. I so wanted to love this book, but it did not happen :(

  • Emily
    2019-02-15 00:10

    I decided to read my son's summer reading assignment because why not. Anyway: the author has done a lot of research and it is all right there on the page, which includes passages that sound something like, "And then Hong noticed a red bird, which reminded him that his name meant red and that red is traditionally a happy color associated with weddings," or "He had heard that vegetable dumplings were a specialty of the region, where they were often prepared with two kinds of dipping sauce," etc. There was also a LOT of not very inspired descriptive prose focusing on the landscape.That being said, I get why it was assigned: it gives an awful lot of information about Chinese culture and Confucianism fairly painlessly, and I did find it involving and even suspenseful. And I'd never read of a cricket match with actual crickets, so there's that.

  • Brandon Gee
    2019-02-15 00:56

    This book holds alot of interesting facts of history about China in the Qui dynasty. The pace is a little slow, but it's a good book if you want to know more about history or if you are doing a project related to China

  • Amy
    2019-02-18 07:11

    This was one of my favorite books growing up. I wish I hadn't read all the negative reviews - I can't believe anyone would so vehemently hate this book! At the very least it's a descriptive historical children's book!

  • Jordan
    2019-01-21 05:13

    I was a bit disappointed at this book. It wasn't great, but it wasn't as terribly boring as I thought that it would be. The same routine occurs over and over again. The main character goes to take an exam, and then he and his brother come across a problem.

  • Taylor
    2019-01-23 06:54

    This was another summer reading book for school. It wasn't a book I would typically pick up to read but there was a lot of good information in it. I probably wouldn't read it ever again but anyone who likes learning about ancient China would love this book!

  • Marcie
    2019-02-13 07:09

    Two brothers set off on a trip across China for one brother to take a series of exams. They other brother goes along for his protection. They have many experiences.

  • Shannon
    2019-02-15 07:00


  • ***Lulu***
    2019-02-18 04:16

    Hate this book!!!! Its soooo boring!

  • Mickie
    2019-02-21 00:06

    My son had to read this for school and it seemed interesting and it was. I learned a little about China and some of its history.

  • Melanie
    2019-02-18 02:53

    Another 7th grade summer reading book - that Emma didn't chose to read but I did- hard, long, meandering and sometimes boring read.

  • Rick K.
    2019-02-12 23:48

    This strangely stuck with me. Myseventh grade techer read this to us, but it has soe cool scenes.

  • Robin
    2019-01-31 01:05

    Good book for kids to learning about China during the Ming Dynasty.

  • Minty
    2019-02-17 22:50

    Remember this book from my childhood. <3

  • Crystal Yu
    2019-02-07 02:54

    This was a good book that i read back in 8th grade. I thought it was pretty interesting.

  • Regan
    2019-02-20 03:01


  • Jennifer
    2019-01-24 01:49

    I read this to the girls. Learned a lot about China during that time period. Interesting story...kept their attention.

  • Sara
    2019-02-17 07:08

    Okay I read this a long time ago... I think it was 8th grade, so about 10 years ago, but I remember loving it. I'll have to read it again and do a real review.