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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. What does the narrator feel like when the narrator imagines kissing Sonoko?
2. What do the draft doctors think about the narrator's health?
3. How long does the university postpone classes during the Allied-raids?
4. How does the narrator feel when separated from Sonoko?
5. When the war ends, what does the narrator study at school?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does the quote "The measure of a woman's power is the degree of suffering with which she can punish her lover" bother the narrator?
2. Why does the narrator want to stay in a hotel with Sonoko?
3. When does the narrator get his first opportunity to spend time with Sonoko?
4. What impresses the narrator about the refugees that he sees?
5. How does the narrator feel after going to the brothel?
6. What does the narrator take extra time to point out, regarding his feelings for Sonoko?
7. As the relationship between the narrator and Sonoko grows, why does the narrator struggle with "pangs of consciousness"?
8. What does the narrator believe is possible, in terms of partnering with a woman?
9. When the narrator is excused from the draft, what is he surprised to realize?
10. Why does the narrator decide suicide is a foolish option?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Although the narrator fears death, the life he lives is not his own. Write an essay supporting the argument that the narrator lives as though he is already dead.
Essay Topic 2
The narrator constantly struggles to hide his sexuality from others. In an attempt to appear straight, he agrees to go to a brothel with a classmate.
1) Why does the classmate invite him?
2) Why does the narrator go?
3) What is his experience at the brothel?
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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