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. Okusan takes Sensei out to dinner at a restaurant on what street in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

2. What does the narrator buy to put on the flag pole after Emperor Meiji’s death in Part II, My Parents and I?

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

4. When Sensei asks for Ojosan’s hand in marriage, he says the conversation does not last longer than what in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

5. By what name does the narrator’s father refer to his wife in Part II, My Parents and I?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. What does Sensei learn about K’s discovery of the engagement in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

7. How does K’s family dispute conclude in Part III, Sensei’s Testament? How does K feel about the situation?

8. What happens with K’s family during their third summer holiday from school in Part III, Sensei’s Testament?

9. 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?

10. What does K confront Sensei about outside the library in Part III, Sensei’s Testament? How does Sensei respond?

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

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

Describe and discuss the character of Soseki as the protagonist and narrator of Kokoro. How old is Soseki when the story begins? What attributes does he have? Is the narrator ever addressed by name in the novel? Why or why not?

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