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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do the narrator and Sensei go during the flower-viewing season in Part I: Sensei and I?

2. In what month is the narrator due to graduate from university in Part I: Sensei and I?

3. What did Natsume Soseki study in college?

4. What word from Part I: Sensei and I, mean the absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement?

5. Where do Sensei and the narrator walk toward after leaving the gardens during the flower-viewing season in Part I: Sensei and I?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. What financial advice does Sensei give Soseki in the tree nursery in Part I, Sensei and I?

4. What does Sensei ask Soseki on their walk in the tree nursery after Soseki has completed his thesis in Part I, Sensei and I?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Women’s Roles in Kokoro

a. Discuss the differences and similarities between gender roles in the novel. How do expectations of men and women differ in terms of education, society, and culture?

b. Compare and contrast Shizu and Soseki’s mother in the novel. How does Soseki view his mother’s opinions versus those of Shizu?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Soseki’s objectives in seeking out Sensei in Kamakura. What about Sensei appeals to the young man? How does Soseki go about striking up a conversation with Sensei? How does Sensei respond to Soseki’s proposed friendship?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the character of Soseki as the protagonist and narrator of Kokoro. How old is Soseki when the story begins? What attributes does he have? Is the narrator ever addressed by name in the novel? Why or why not?

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