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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 tells the narrator that there is no such thing as what in this world in Part I: Sensei and I?
(a) A woman who is honest.
(b) A father who loves his son.
(c) A stereotypical bad man.
(d) A hope for the end of the war.

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

3. Sensei tells the narrator that his Western friend is something of what in Part I: Sensei and I?
(a) A hermit.
(b) A criminal.
(c) An eccentric.
(d) A preacher.

4. When the narrator first goes to see Sensei in Tokyo, it is how long since lectures have started at the university in Part I: Sensei and I?
(a) 1 week.
(b) 1 month.
(c) 2 weeks.
(d) 6 weeks.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year did NatsumeSoseki succeed Lafcadio Hearn as lecturer in English literature at the Imperial University?

2. Sensei tells the narrator in Part I: Sensei and I, “I do not want your admiration now, because I do not want your” what?

3. Who translated Kokoroand wrote the book’s Forward?

4. What does Sensei call the azalea tree that is taller than the others and reddish-brown in color at the tree nursery in Part I: Sensei and I?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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