Kokoro Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 Sensei, the widow, and her daughter go shopping for clothes in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

2. To what park do K and Sensei walk from the library in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

3. Sensei says in Part III, Sensei’s Testament, “The development—or the destruction—of man’s body and mind depends upon” what?

4. What word from Part III, Sensei’s Testament means flirtation?

5. What is the name of the widow and Sensei’s landlord in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sensei learn of his adoptive father from a friend in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

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

3. What does Soseki’s father say after Soseki’s arrival to cause Soseki to feel remorse in Part II, My Parents and I?

4. How does Soseki’s father greet him when he arrives home in Part II, My Parents and I? What is Soseki’s impression?

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

6. What topic causes strife between Sensei and his adoptive family in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

7. How does Sensei know K? How does K defy his parents’ wishes in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

8. What is Sensei’s objective in having K live with him? How do Okusan and Ojosan respond to Sensei’s suggestions?

9. What conclusion does Sensei reach at the end of his letter in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

10. What is K’s justification for defying his adoptive parents’ wishes in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Soseki’s letter to Sensei in Part II, My Parents and I. Does Soseki expect a response from Sensei? Does Soseki believe Sensei to be capable or willing to help him find employment? How does Soseki feel when he does not receive a reply?

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 analyze the character of Sensei in Kokoro. How old is Sensei when Soseki first approaches him? How is Sensei’s demeanor described? What does “Sensei” mean in general Japanese usage?

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