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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. What word used by Sensei in Part I: Sensei and I, means a freeing from false belief?

2. The narrator’s mother suggests that the narrator take Sensei what when he returns to Tokyo in Part I: Sensei and I?

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

4. When the narrator compares his father with Sensei, he concludes that both are what type of men in Part I: Sensei and I?

5. What relative of Sensei’s died of a similar ailment as the narrator’s father?

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

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

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

5. What makes Sensei stand out to the narrator when he first sees him? Why does he seek Sensei’s company?

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

7. How does Sensei respond when the narrator asks him to clarify his meaning of “guilt” in Part I, Sensei and I?

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

9. What leads to Soseki’s return to Tokyo after staying with his parents in Part I, Sensei and I? What does Sensei tell him when he first visits after his return?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss Sensei’s opening words to Soseki in Part III, Sensei’s Testament. What does Sensei tell Soseki regarding their previous discussion of trust? How does Sensei explain his lack of correspondence after Soseki’s letter? When does Sensei say he began to respect Soseki?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the setting of Soseki’s family home in the novel. How far from Tokyo do Soseki’s parents live? How is their home and estate described in the narrative? How does Soseki compare the rural people in his hometown to the people of Tokyo?

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