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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. Sensei writes in Part III, Sensei’s Testament, “Since my past was experienced only by me, I might be excused if I regarded it as” what?
2. What is the name of the widow and Sensei’s landlord in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?
3. What is the name of the childhood friend of the narrator’s father that comes to see him on his death bed in the military nobility of pre-industrial Japan?
4. Sensei has a dining table specially made for Okusan by a furniture maker where in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?
5. Past what temple does Sensei walk after crossing the Mansei Bridge in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?
Short Essay Questions
1. When does Sensei tell Soseki he began to respect him in his letter in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?
2. What does Sensei learn of his adoptive father from a friend in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?
3. What does K confront Sensei about outside the library in Part III, Sensei’s Testament? How does Sensei respond?
4. What is Sensei’s objective in having K live with him? How do Okusan and Ojosan respond to Sensei’s suggestions?
5. What are the conflicting objectives presented to Soseki by his mother in Part II, My Parents and I?
6. Where does K go during his first summer holiday from school in Part III, Sensei’s Testament? How does Sensei describe him when the holiday ends?
7. How old is Sensei when he is orphaned? Who is left in his charge after his parents’ deaths?
8. What is K’s justification for defying his adoptive parents’ wishes in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?
9. How does Soseki’s father’s health correspond to the newspapers in Part II, My Parents and I?
10. What conversation does Soseki’s father have with Saku-san in Part II, My Parents and I?
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
Describe and analyze the character of Shizu, or Sensei’s wife, in the novel. Where is Shizu from? What is her demeanor like? What does Soseki think of Shizu?
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