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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What or who does Genji dream about in Chapter 13?
(a) His father.
(b) Aoi.
(c) His childhood.
(d) Fujitsubo.

2. What does Murasaki compare Genji's behavior to since his visits to the Princess Asagao?
(a) Very happy.
(b) Like a stranger.
(c) Mean.
(d) More in love than ever.

3. Who is Tayu?
(a) Genji's cousin.
(b) A distant relative.
(c) Genji's sister.
(d) A daughter of Genji's former nurse.

4. What would hold Genji back from traveling away from home?
(a) Murasaki.
(b) Rokujo Lady.
(c) His son.
(d) His career.

5. What is believed to be the cause of the situation in Genji's homeland since he has left home in Chapter 13?
(a) The weather.
(b) Moon and star formations.
(c) The alignment of the planets.
(d) Genji's exile.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Genji's former nurse?

2. With whom does Genji decide to travel home after living in exile?

3. Who attempts to arrange a meeting between Genji and Utsusemi?

4. Where does the Princess Asagao live?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why may it be problematic for Genji to take care of Tamakazura?

2. What does Genji decide to tell To no Chujo about Tamakazura? Why?

3. How does Genji feel after the death of Kashiwagi?

4. What happens after Kaoru finds out that Ukifune is alive?

5. What happens to Genji as he continues to grow old?

6. Describe the "masterpieces" Genji works on in Chapter 32.

7. It is discovered that Yugiri has never laid eyes upon Murasaki, the woman who acts as his mother. Why does Genji wish to keep her hidden?

8. During Kaoru's meeting with the Emporer, what is the Go board used for?

9. What did the fortune teller predict for Genji?

10. What has become of the Safflower Princess since Genji's exile? Explain.

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