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

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

3. The narrator says in Part I: Sensei and I, that he might have never noticed Sensei had he not been accompanied by what?
(a) A Southerner.
(b) A Westerner.
(c) An Easterner.
(d) A Northerner.

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

5. The narrator’s mother suggests that the narrator take Sensei what when he returns to Tokyo in Part I: Sensei and I?
(a) Lychee fruit.
(b) Dried mushrooms.
(c) Loaves of bread.
(d) Goji berries.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does the narrator’s elder brother work?

3. How much money does Sensei give to the son of the tree orchard in Part I: Sensei and I?

4. How does the narrator describe Sensei’s wife when he first sees her in Part I: Sensei and I?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Sensei reveal about greed and betrayal in his past at the tree nursery in Part I, Sensei and I?

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

4. Describe Sensei’s demeanor toward Soseki upon their meeting. Does Sensei welcome Soseki’s company?

5. 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?

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

7. When and where was Kokoro first published? What insight does the translator give to the meaning of the title in the Forward?

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

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

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

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