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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 does the narrator use in Part II, My Parents and I, meaning an instance of talkativeness or garrulity?
(a) Coquetry.
(b) Apathy.
(c) Disillusionment.
(d) Loquacity.

2. Okusan takes Sensei out to dinner at a restaurant on what street in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?
(a) Kamakura.
(b) Ichigaya.
(c) Kiharadana.
(d) Tottori.

3. How does the narrator’s father always refer to Emperor Meiji when discussing news of him in the papers?
(a) His Majesty.
(b) His Excellency.
(c) The Holy One.
(d) The Wise One.

4. When Sensei returns from summer vacation after his first year in college, he finds K living in a dirty temple by what?
(a) The Emperor’s castle.
(b) The military fort.
(c) The Great Kannon.
(d) The central Tokyo cemetery.

5. Sensei writes in Part III, Sensei’s Testament, “As I look about me, I find that I really have no” what?
(a) “Secrets.”
(b) “Obligations.”
(c) “Questions.”
(d) “Friends.”

Short Answer Questions

1. What “old-fashioned phrase” does Sensei use to describe K’s situation at home in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

2. What does Okusan bring to Sensei after he says he is not feeling well in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

3. What word from the novel refers to a Japanese stringed instrument consisting of a rectangular wooden body over which are stretched silk strings?

4. Where does Sensei say K was born in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

5. What term refers to the military nobility of pre-industrial Japan?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Soseki’s father greet him when he arrives home in Part II, My Parents and I? What is Soseki’s impression?

2. How does Sensei know K? How does K defy his parents’ wishes in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

3. What is K’s justification for defying his adoptive parents’ wishes in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

4. What is revealed in K’s suicide note in Part III, Sensei’s Testament? How does Sensei react?

5. How does Soseki’s family react when news is heard of Emperor Meiji in Part II, My Parents and I?

6. What does Sensei learn about K’s discovery of the engagement in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

7. What does Sensei make of the difference he finds in his adoptive family when he returns for his third summer holiday in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

8. What does K confront Sensei about outside the library in Part III, Sensei’s Testament? How does Sensei respond?

9. What topic causes strife between Sensei and his adoptive family in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

10. How does Soseki’s father’s health decline as Soseki is preparing to leave for Tokyo in Part II, My Parents and I?

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