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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. The narrator states of his feelings on women in Part I: Sensei and I, “Often, when I found myself face to face with a woman, my longing would suddenly disappear. Instead of being drawn to the woman, I would feel a kind of” what?
(a) “Questioning.”
(b) “Arrogance.”
(c) “Guilt.”
(d) “Repulsion.”

2. What did Natsume Soseki study in college?
(a) Calculus.
(b) Physics.
(c) Philosophy.
(d) English literature.

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

4. What word used by Sensei in Part I: Sensei and I, means a freeing from false belief?
(a) Apathy.
(b) Loquacity.
(c) Coquetry.
(d) Disillusionment.

5. Where was Natsume Soseki educated, according to the book’s Forward?
(a) Imperial University.
(b) Waseda University.
(c) Kumamoto University.
(d) Hokkaido University.

Short Answer Questions

1. Sensei tells the narrator that his Western friend is something of what in Part I: Sensei and I?

2. What Japanese province is Sensei from?

3. When was Natsume Soseki sent to England as a government scholar?

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

5. The narrator says in Part I: Sensei and I, “At first, I thought of Sensei’s wife as a woman of” what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the translator of Kokoro? What reasons does he give for his Soseki’s biographical information in the book’s Forward?

2. How is Sensei’s drinking described in Part I, Sensei and I? Why is this significant?

3. Describe the setting of Kokoro. Where does most of the action in the novel take place?

4. Why does the narrator return home in Part I, Sensei and I? How does he depict his first days there?

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

6. Why does Soseki want to know about Sensei’s past? What conversation takes place regarding trust at the tree nursery in Part I, Sensei and I?

7. What does the novel’s translator write about the language in Kokoroin the Forward?

8. 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?

9. How does the narrator perceive Sensei’s relationship with his wife in Part I, Sensei and I?

10. What conversation does the narrator have with Sensei regarding trust in Part I, Sensei and I?

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