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

2. With whom does Genji sit on the royal outing?
(a) Tamakazura.
(b) Kimoinokari.
(c) Murasaki.
(d) Nakanokimi.

3. What does To no Chujo find frustrating about Kumoinokari?
(a) That she is not the talk of the town.
(b) That she is not beautiful.
(c) That she and him do not have a good relationship.
(d) That she is in love with Yugiri.

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

5. How long does the debate last regarding Genji and To no Chujo's competition?
(a) Several days.
(b) Several hours.
(c) Months.
(d) Weeks.

Short Answer Questions

1. What festival does Genji attend at the beginning of Chapter 8?

2. Where is the Akashi lady's mansion located?

3. How does Genji try to seduce Princess Asagao?

4. Fujitsubo is ashamed of Genji's presence because:

5. Who does Genji admire during his stay in the mountains?

Short Essay Questions

1. After seeing the Third Princess as a nun Genji's feelings toward her changes, how?

2. What were the terms of Genji's birth?

3. What does Niou learn about Ukifune that leads him to be distraught? Explain.

4. Why doesn't Genji want his son, Yugiri to advance in rank? What does Genji do?

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

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

7. What happens with Genji initially tries to seduce Princess Asagao?

8. How does Oigimi hurt Kaoru?

9. What happens to Murasaki in Chapter 35?

10. Who won the art contest held between Genji and To no Chujo? What did the court favor about the winner's style?

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