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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Sensei’s wife tells the narrator in Part I: Sensei and I, “I see that higher education has made you adept at” what?
(a) “Empty rationalization.”
(b) “Thinking for yourself.”
(c) “Making friends.”
(d) “Taking direction.”

2. How many siblings does the narrator tell Sensei he has in Part I: Sensei and I?
(a) 2.
(b) 1.
(c) 0.
(d) 3.

3. What was Tokyo once known as?
(a) Boshu.
(b) Ueno.
(c) Yedo.
(d) Nikko.

4. Where do Sensei and his wife take a holiday and send a letter with a maple leaf enclosed to the narrator from in Part I: Sensei and I?
(a) Nikko.
(b) Ichigaya.
(c) Niigata.
(d) Tottori.

5. Sensei repeatedly tells the narrator that there is what in loving in Part I: Sensei and I?
(a) Pride.
(b) Guilt.
(c) Anger.
(d) Dignity.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does “Sensei” mean in general Japanese usage?

2. What is the name of Sensei’s wife?

3. Sensei tells the narrator that there is no such thing as what in this world in Part I: Sensei and I?

4. What does Sensei say “is the loneliest time of all” in Part I: Sensei and I?

5. When the narrator first sees Sensei at a teahouse by the beach, he says that two days previously he had gone where?

Short Essay Questions

1. What occurrence leads up to Soseki and Sensei’s discussion of guilt in love in Part I, Sensei and I?

2. What is the narrative point-of-view in Kokoro? How is this perspective fitting for the novel?

3. How does Soseki respond to Sensei’s remark about Soseki seeking love in Part I, Sensei and I?

4. What event does Sensei’s wife describe that hints at the reason Sensei changed and became removed from the world in Part I, Sensei and I?

5. What makes Sensei stand out to the narrator when he first sees him? Why does he seek Sensei’s company?

6. What does Sensei say of “unnatural death” in Part I, Sensei and I?

7. What does the narrator tell Sensei of his father’s health when he returns to Tokyo in Part I, Sensei and I? How does Sensei respond?

8. How does Sensei respond when the narrator asks him to clarify his meaning of “guilt” in Part I, Sensei and I?

9. Where does the narrator first see Sensei? How does he go about approaching him?

10. What is foreshadowed through Soseki and Sensei’s discussion of trust in the first section of Part I, Sensei and I?

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