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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 does Misako expect to happen when news of her divorce comes out?

2. What is Kaname moved by in the next act of the puppet show in Chapter 3?

3. How do Misako and Kaname travel to the theater for the show?

4. What is the name of Kaname and Misako's son?

5. What has Hiroshi heard about male dogs?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hiroshi worry about the trip Takanatsu invites him on to Tokyo?

2. In Chapter 5, what does Kaname realize he has been looking for during his entire marriage?

3. What does Takanatsu let Misako look at in his suitcase? What jokes does Takanatsu make to Misako, which she reacts to in seriousness?

4. What holiday does Misako think about in Chapter 6? What does she wonder about this day?

5. How does Kaname compare the portrayal of women in Hollywood films to their portrayal in Japanese art from the Edo period?

6. What does Takanatsu think of Misako's plan to divorce Kaname and marry Aso?

7. What does Misako note about Peony's behavior when Peony and Kaname meet her at the train station? How does this relate to Kaname?

8. In Chapter 3, what is Kaname moved by in the puppet show? What does he think the show perfectly conveys?

9. How does Kaname think Osakans are different from Tokyoites?

10. Who is Takanatsu? What does Takanatsu bring Hiroshi as a present?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of marriage in the novel "Some Prefer Nettles." What problems are Kaname and Misako dealing with in their marriage? What does Kaname think of marriage in general? What does Misako think of marriage in general?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of traditional versus modernity in the novel "Some Prefer Nettles." What are some examples of the traditional way or life in the novel? What are some examples of the modern way of life? What does Kaname think of traditional living and modern living?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Tanizaki's use of metaphor in the novel "Some Prefer Nettles." What are some examples of metaphor in the novel? How do these metaphors relate to the novel's themes?

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