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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. The narrator says of Sensei in Part I: Sensei and I, “Before he could destroy his wife’s happiness, he” did what?

2. When the narrator enters the cemetery to find Sensei in Part I: Sensei and I, he describes a broad avenue bordered on each side by what?

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

4. What was Tokyo once known as?

5. How many siblings does the narrator tell Sensei he has in Part I: Sensei and I?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. What does Sensei’s wife reveal about her feelings for her husband while she and Soseki are in the house watching for burglars in Part I, Sensei and I?

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

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

7. Soseki has said that he is often disappointed by Sensei’s responses. How is this illustrated after Soseki visits Sensei after completing his term paper in Part I, Sensei and I?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of “the second son” in Kokoro. Soseki, Sensei's uncle, and K are all second sons of their families. What sense of estrangement do each of these characters experience from their families as they struggle to find identities and career paths?

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 theme of monetary greed in Kokoro. What characters illustrate this theme clearly? How is Sensei’s past affected by greed? What impact did this have on Sensei and his feelings for humanity?

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