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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where is Sensei’s wife’s mother from?
(a) Tottori.
(b) Niigata.
(c) Nikko.
(d) Ichigaya.

2. Where was Natsume Soseki born, according to the book’s Forward?
(a) Tokyo, Japan.
(b) Kamakura, Japan.
(c) Osaka, Japan.
(d) Fukushima, Japan.

3. The narrator says after his discussion with Sensei at the tree nursery in Part I: Sensei and I, “Among the things that Sensei said, what interested me most was his remark that no man was immune to” what?
(a) “Temptation.”
(b) “Vengeance.”
(c) “Disease.”
(d) “Evil.”

4. In what year did NatsumeSoseki succeed Lafcadio Hearn as lecturer in English literature at the Imperial University?
(a) 1903.
(b) 1933.
(c) 1923.
(d) 1913.

5. When the narrator returns to Tokyo after meeting Sensei at the beach in Part I: Sensei and I, he has how long before the beginning of lectures at the college?
(a) 4 days.
(b) 2 weeks.
(c) 10 days.
(d) 1 week.

6. The narrator’s vacationing student friend is called home after they have been at the beach town for how long in Part I: Sensei and I?
(a) 6 days.
(b) 10 days.
(c) 3 days.
(d) 1 day.

7. After the narrator makes an amused comment about a loving couple in the garden during flower-viewing season in Part I: Sensei and I, what does Sensei ask him?
(a) “Are you lonely?”
(b) “Have you ever been in love?”
(c) “Do you enjoy flowers?”
(d) “Do you have a girlfriend?”

8. What garment of the narrator’s does Sensei’s wife say is hand-woven and that she’s never worked on such beautiful material before in Part I: Sensei and I?
(a) A kimono.
(b) An Obi.
(c) A Kinchaku-bag.
(d) A Nagajuban.

9. What Buddhist inscription does the narrator describe on one of the tombstones in the cemetery in Part I: Sensei and I?
(a) “Buddha is the light.”
(b) “Derive your strength from Buddha.”
(c) “All living things bear within themselves the essence of Buddha.”
(d) “Buddha be with you.”

10. The narrator says of Sensei in Part I: Sensei and I, “Before he could destroy his wife’s happiness, he” did what?
(a) “Married another.”
(b) “Moved away.”
(c) “Destroyed himself.”
(d) “Entered the priesthood.”

11. The narrator says in Part I: Sensei and I, that his inn was in a rather out-of-the-way district of the beach town and if one wanted to play billiards or eat ice cream, a rickshaw would cost how much?
(a) 40 sen.
(b) 35 sen.
(c) 20 sen.
(d) 35 sen.

12. Sensei tells the narrator in Part I: Sensei and I, “Give a gentleman money, and he will soon turn into a” what?
(a) “Rogue.”
(b) “Criminal.”
(c) “Child.”
(d) “Demon.”

13. The narrator says that he learned to be an accomplished whistle-blower from a friend where in Part I: Sensei and I?
(a) Nikko.
(b) Zoshigaya.
(c) Kagoshima.
(d) Yedo.

14. Why is the narrator’s vacationing student friend called home in the beginning of Part I: Sensei and I?
(a) His sister is having a baby.
(b) His parents need help with home repairs.
(c) His mother is ill.
(d) His brother is getting married.

15. When does the narrator tell Sensei he will be returning to Tokyo while he is home for his father’s illness in Part I: Sensei and I?
(a) August.
(b) May.
(c) January.
(d) November.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author states in the Forward, “The best rendering of the Japanese word "kokoro" that I have seen is Lafcadio Hearn's, which is” what?

2. When was Natsume Soseki born, according to the book’s Forward?

3. How does the narrator travel to the cemetery to meet with Sensei in Part I: Sensei and I?

4. Where do Sensei and the narrator walk toward after leaving the gardens during the flower-viewing season in Part I: Sensei and I?

5. Sensei’s wife tells the narrator that Sensei left how long ago to go to the cemetery in Part I: Sensei and I?

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