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

2. In what year did NatsumeSoseki succeed Lafcadio Hearn as lecturer in English literature at the Imperial University?

3. Sensei tells the narrator in Part I: Sensei and I, “I do not want your admiration now, because I do not want your” what?

4. How much money does Sensei give to the son of the tree orchard in Part I: Sensei and I?

5. The narrator says in Part I: Sensei and I, that he might have never noticed Sensei had he not been accompanied by what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What conversation does the narrator have with Sensei regarding trust in Part I, Sensei and I?

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

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

9. What is the narrative point-of-view in Kokoro? How is this perspective fitting for the novel?

10. 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?

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

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 3

Fathers and Sons in Kokoro

a. Discuss the relationship between Sensei and Soseki in the novel. How does this relationship resemble that of a father and son? How does Soseki compare his father to Sensei?

b. Compare and contrast Soseki and Sensei’s fathers in the novel. How are they similar? How do they differ?

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