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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 Takanatsu have in his suitcase in Chapter 7?

2. What did Takanatsu's wife do before she married?

3. What does Misako say she is incapable of when she is alone with her husband?

4. How does Hiroshi amuse his father and Takanatsu in Chapter 4?

5. How does Misako describe dating?

Short Essay Questions

1. In chapter 3, what does Kaname consider he has always hated? What does Kaname admit Osaka reminds him of?

2. Why is Misako glad that Takanatsu is taking Hiroshi to Tokyo for a few days?

3. Why do O-hisa and Misako's father have such difficulty tying her kimono sash?

4. What does Kaname think about on the train ride to the puppet theater?

5. Who is O-hisa? What does Misako think of O-hisa?

6. At the end of Chapter 14, what does Kaname realize he wants?

7. What does Kaname think about as he tries to fall asleep in Chapter 9?

8. What does Kaname think about the relationship between his father-in-law and O-hisa in Chapter 9?

9. After six months of crying nightly, what did Misako finally admit to Kaname? What did Kaname and Misako agree to after her confession?

10. What does Misako's father explain Kaname did by allowing Misako to see Aso?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the motif of adultery in the novel "Some Prefer Nettles." What are some examples of adultery in the novel? Describe Kaname's adulterous relationship with Louise. Describe Misako's adulterous relationship with Aso. How do these relationships affect the marriage between Kaname and Misako?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the motif of choices in the novel "Some Prefer Nettles." What choices is Kaname struggling with? How will these decisions affect his life? What factors are involved in his decision?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of fantasy versus reality in the novel "Some Prefer Nettles." What are some of the fantasies that Kaname imagines throughout the novel? Why might he have these fantasies? How does his real life compare to his fantasies?

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