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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. Whom does Sonoko's mother send to chaperon her?
2. In Chapter 3, what does the narrator offer to carry for Sonoko?
3. Where does the narrator see wounded air raid victims lying?
4. When the narrator bumps into Sonoko for the first time after the break-up, what do they discuss?
5. What does the narrator lie about during his meeting for the draft?
Short Essay Questions
1. When the narrator pretends not to understand what a sodomite is, how do the guys around him react?
2. As the relationship between the narrator and Sonoko grows, why does the narrator struggle with "pangs of consciousness"?
3. What does the narrator take extra time to point out, regarding his feelings for Sonoko?
4. What does the narrator believe is possible, in terms of partnering with a woman?
5. Why does the narrator offer to carry Sonoko's bag?
6. What event takes place that proves to the narrator he is capable of basic, human emotion?
7. How does the narrator feel after going to the brothel?
8. When Sonoko confronts the issue of the break-up with the narrator, what does she want to know?
9. When the narrator sets out on a bicycle ride with Sonoko, what does he want to happen?
10. To get out of staying an extra day with Sonoko, what lie does the narrator tell her about his job?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The picture of Joan of Arc fascinates the narrator in one of his earlier memories. Upon learning the knight in the photograph is a woman, the narrator loses interest in it. Why?
Essay Topic 2
When the narrator loses his sister, he experiences true devastation over the loss of a loved one. This surprises him, as believed himself incapable of feeling true emotion because of a lifetime of masks. Write an essay taking a stand on whether the narrator ever truly lost himself because of the masks that he wore.
1) Why does the narrator begin wearing masks?
2) How do these masks distance him from real life?
3) Does the narrator ever really lose himself? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
The narrator is surrounded by feminine influence, yet certain social cues teach him how a boy "should" act.
1) Who provides the narrator with these social cues?
2) What does the narrator do to act out his gender expectations?
3) In what ways does the narrator struggle against his gender identity?
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