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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 insects does the narrator hear singing outside his window at his family home in Part II, My Parents and I?
(a) Beetles.
(b) Cicadas.
(c) Crickets.
(d) Ants.

2. K’s foster parents sent him to Tokyo to study what, according to Sensei in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?
(a) The English language.
(b) Mathematics.
(c) Medicine.
(d) Law.

3. What is Sensei speaking of when he says they “are not meant to stir the air only: they are capable of moving greater things” in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?
(a) “Words.”
(b) “Customs.”
(c) “Horses.”
(d) “Laws.”

4. How does Sensei presumably die at the end of the novel?
(a) He dies of cancer.
(b) He is murdered.
(c) He commits suicide.
(d) He does of tuberculosis.

5. What phrase is K particularly interested in when Sensei finds him living in the temple after their first summer from college?
(a) “Confucius and the fire.”
(b) “Buddha and the elephant.”
(c) “Jesus and the books.”
(d) “Mohammed and the sword.”

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is K buried in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

2. Sensei says in Part III, Sensei’s Testament, “Women in those days did not wear their hair over their foreheads, but twisted it up like” what on top of their heads?

3. Sensei apologizes in Part III, Sensei’s Testament for being what kind of person?

4. What disease killed Sensei’s father?

5. In the middle of what month do K and Sensei return to college in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

Short Essay Questions

1. What warning does Okusan give Sensei when he first broaches the topic of K coming to live at the house in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

2. How old is Sensei when he is orphaned? Who is left in his charge after his parents’ deaths?

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

4. How does Sensei’s past, revealed in his final letter, explain his demeanor in the earlier parts of the novel?

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

6. What are the conflicting objectives presented to Soseki by his mother in Part II, My Parents and I?

7. When does Sensei tell Soseki he began to respect him in his letter in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

8. Why does Soseki’s mother urge Soseki to write to Sensei in Part II, My Parents and I?

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

10. How are Sensei’s early days with his adoptive family described in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

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