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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Late in Yugiri's walk around the Rokujo grounds he overhears ______.
(a) Genji's announcement that he is leaving Murasaki.
(b) Genji is weeping.
(c) Genji's attempt to seduce Tamakazura.
(d) Kumoinokari sleeping with another.

2. Who does Genji send over to the grounds of the Safflower Princess in Chapter 15?
(a) Horses.
(b) Priests.
(c) Nurses.
(d) Workmen.

3. Who is Lady Rokujo's daughter?
(a) Akikonomu.
(b) Murasaki.
(c) Yugao.
(d) Nakanokimi.

4. Who does Genji admire during his stay in the mountains?
(a) The Akashi lady.
(b) Murasaki.
(c) Fujitsubo.
(d) Utsusemi.

5. Genji sleeps with this woman who is in her sixties.
(a) Utsusemi.
(b) Fujitsubo.
(c) Murasaki.
(d) Naishi.

6. What is the Safflower Princesss's reaction to Genji upon his return from exile?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Excitement.
(c) Relief.
(d) Bitterness.

7. From whose point of view is Chapter 15 written?
(a) The Safflower Princess.
(b) Omnicsient.
(c) Murasaki.
(d) Genji.

8. How does Genji try to seduce Princess Asagao?
(a) With art.
(b) Musically.
(c) With notes.
(d) Competition.

9. What does Omiya tell Genji in Chapter 29?
(a) She feels that she may die.
(b) She asks Genji for a favor.
(c) That she wishes to go to court.
(d) That she would like to meet Tamakazura.

10. What happens to Yugao in Chapter 4?
(a) She moves away.
(b) She marries Genji.
(c) She dies.
(d) She becomes very ill.

11. Who is Genji's go-between for he and the Safflower Princess?
(a) Fujitsubo.
(b) Tayu.
(c) To no Chujo.
(d) Murasaki.

12. What happens to Genji's mother at the beginning of the novel?
(a) She falls ill and dies.
(b) She leaves Genji's father.
(c) She becomes a nun.
(d) She gives Genji up.

13. What striking feature has the Safflower Princess managed to keep over the years?
(a) Her lovely voice.
(b) Her graceful figure.
(c) Her bright red nose.
(d) Her pretty hair.

14. What does Yugiri think about Tamakazura?
(a) That she is Genji's daughter.
(b) He is secretly in love with her.
(c) That she is an evil woman.
(d) That she is the daughter of To no Chujo.

15. Who does Genji hurt during Chapter 9?
(a) Lady Akashi.
(b) Rokujo lady.
(c) Aoi.
(d) Fujitsubo.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Genji sleep with when visiting his former nurse?

2. Which attendant stays faithful to the Safflower princess?

3. How does Murasaki return the Empress Akikonomu's kind gesture in Chapter 24?

4. What or who does Genji dream about in Chapter 13?

5. What is going on back in Genji's homeland during his time away?

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