Spring Snow 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 does Kiyoaki do before introducing himself to Satoko for the first time since childhood?

2. In "Chapter 21," what does Kiyoaki burn in front of Iinuma?

3. In "Chapter 19," why does Satoko say Kiyoaki can't understand her?

4. How does Satoko describe Prince Harunori's dignity when she first meets him?

5. How does Kiyoaki feel at the Omiyasama Festival?

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Chapter 20," what angers Kiyoaki about Satoko?

2. In "Chapter 7," what does Honda note about Japanese tradition?

3. What does Tadeshina do after writing a letter to Kiyoaki's father?

4. What are the spring festivities in "Chapter 16"?

5. In "Chapter 38," what does Honda think of the dead mole?

6. In "Chapter 34," how does Kiyoaki help Satoko travel in secrecy?

7. What does Kiyoaki do after mailing his letter to Satoko in "Chapter 6"?

8. Why does Kiyoaki regret taking Satoko home after their first kiss?

9. Why does Honda think of a photograph from the Russo-Japanese war in "Chapter 28"?

10. How does Kiyoaki respond when Satoko asks him to skip school in "Chapter 11"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is selfishness a theme in this novel? What is the impact this theme has on the characters and plot development? What message is delivered about selfishness? Define theme and draw examples from the novel to support your discussion on selfishness.

Essay Topic 2

Compare Tokyo to one of the rural settings in "Spring Snow." How do these settings affect the novel? Define setting and explain how the city verses rural settings impact the flow or speed of the plot and the characters. Give examples from the book to support your discussion.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the role of education in Kiyoaki's society. How does this affect Kiyoaki? Give examples and quotes from the book to support your discussion.

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