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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happens to Aoi shortly after she gives birth to her son?
(a) She dies.
(b) She becomes possessed.
(c) She becomes a nun.
(d) She leaves Genji.

2. Who attempts to arrange a meeting between Genji and Utsusemi?
(a) Tu no Chujo.
(b) Utsusemi's sister.
(c) Utsusemi's father.
(d) Utsusemi's brother.

3. What news about Tamakazura arises once she is a grown woman?
(a) She is dating Genji.
(b) She is looking for a husband.
(c) She is permiscuous.
(d) She is very beautiful.

4. What unavailable woman does Genji greatly desire at the beginning of the novel?
(a) Rokujo.
(b) Fujitsubo.
(c) Murasaki.
(d) Aoi.

5. Who is Akikonomu?
(a) The Lady of the Cherry Blossoms.
(b) The Lady of the Orange Blossoms.
(c) The Lady of the Lemon Tree.
(d) The Lady of the Lake.

6. Who is Kobai?
(a) Genji's son.
(b) The minister of the right.
(c) To no Chujo's son.
(d) A friend of Genji's.

7. Which instrument does Genji play?
(a) The sitar.
(b) The kalimba.
(c) The koto.
(d) The shamisen.

8. Of what is the Suzaku Emperor fond?
(a) The koto.
(b) Harp music.
(c) Pie.
(d) Art.

9. What does To no Chujo notice about Kumoinokari when he watches her sleep?
(a) How beautiful she is.
(b) How much like him she is.
(c) How ugly she is.
(d) That she is a perfect match for Yugiri.

10. Which character dresses up in a disguise in Chapter 7?
(a) Genji.
(b) To no Chujo.
(c) The Emporer.
(d) Naishi.

11. Who is caring for Genji at the beginning of Chapter 5 during his travel to mountains?
(a) A sage.
(b) Murasaki.
(c) His nurse.
(d) A Bishop.

12. What does Genji avoid doing at the start of the rule of the Suzaku emperor?
(a) Traveling.
(b) Seeing women he has slept with.
(c) Contacting the new emporer.
(d) Spending time with his children.

13. What does Genji discover about casual relationships with women?
(a) That they can be easier than passionate relationships.
(b) He views them as unecessary.
(c) That they are horrible.
(d) He greatly dislikes them.

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

15. What is going on back in Genji's homeland during his time away?
(a) His homeland is flourishing.
(b) It is in a dismal state.
(c) The Suzaku emporer dies.
(d) The weather is very good to farming.

Short Answer Questions

1. What talent does Genji have?

2. To whom does Yugiri send a love letter in Chapter 21?

3. What does Genji tell the Safflower Princess when he goes to visit her after his exile?

4. What would hold Genji back from traveling away from home?

5. What does Murasaki compare Genji's behavior to since his visits to the Princess Asagao?

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