This HSK advanced test is about the four greatest classic novels of all time. Any chinese will know about these novels and has read them at some stage in their lives. What about you? Have you heard about them? If you have then that will help you do better in this HSK reading test.
We have taken a short passage from each book and we ask you questions about each passage.
So that you know the four greatest chinese novels in chronological order are:
- Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Chinese: 三國演義; pinyin: sān guó yǎn yì) (14th century) (more recently translated as, simply Three Kingdoms)
- Water Margin (Chinese: 水滸傳; pinyin: shuǐ hǔ zhuàn) (also known as Outlaws of the Marsh) (14th century)
- Journey to the West (Chinese: 西遊記; pinyin: xī yóu jì) (16th century) also known as Monkey King
- Dream of the Red Chamber (Chinese: 紅樓夢; pinyin: hóng lóu mèng) (also known as The Story of the Stone, (Chinese: 石頭記; pinyin: shí tóu jì) (18th century)
How it works: This is a reading comprehension exercise. Before you can answer any of the questions in this exercise you should read the relevant articles. You can find the articles in your right hand side by clicking on the 'Articles' tab. Each question is labeled with the article number to which the question applies. For example, a question starting with A1 - XXXX refers to article number 1.