Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories Test | Mid-Book 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. What is the name of the painter who created the Hell Screen?

2. Who is the second testimony from?

3. What kind of books does O-Kimi enjoy?

4. What kind of animal does Yoshihide look and move like?

5. What grew in the field behind the house Xiao-er was brought up in?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the narrator say he feels guilty?

2. Why does the storyteller think Oshino is so ordinary?

3. What does the Life of the Stupid Man say about Akutagawa's state of mind?

4. Describe the character of Yoshihide.

5. What is Shinsuke's opinion on books?

6. How does E'in try to avenge the townspeople?

7. How do people react to the word about the dragon?

8. Describe the character of Naigu Zenchi.

9. Summarize the Spinning Gears story.

10. How does Shinsuke deal with what he calls his fake parents?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What information is in Henry Barrett's obituary? Why does the author include Henry Barrett's obituary at the end of Horse Legs?

Essay Topic 2

What does the Rashomon gate symbolize in the story Rashomon? How does the gate reflect the servant's own state of mind?

Essay Topic 3

How does Shinsuke's upbringing affect his character? What does the story say about Akutagawa's own character and the themes he has expressed in his other stories?

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