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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 word would must accurately describe Genji?
(a) Distainful.
(b) Trustworthy.
(c) Fickle.
(d) Pallid.

2. What does Genji notice about the Safflower Princess during a visit in Chapter 23?
(a) She has become a wise woman.
(b) She is very pretty.
(c) That she has been married.
(d) That she is cold.

3. Genji is in love with a woman whom he cannot have during the beginning of the novel. Who is this woman?
(a) Rokujo.
(b) Fujitsubo.
(c) Aoi.
(d) Akashi.

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

5. What does Genji tell the Safflower Princess when he goes to visit her after his exile?
(a) Stories and tales.
(b) That he is married.
(c) That he loves her.
(d) He is apologetic.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is believed to be the cause of the situation in Genji's homeland since he has left home in Chapter 13?

2. Of what is the Suzaku Emperor fond?

3. What does Genji do while he is visiting the Safflower Princess?

4. Why does Princess Asagao turn Genji down?

5. What unavailable woman does Genji greatly desire at the beginning of the novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Tamakazura to be under Genji's care, rather than To no Chujo?

2. What are Oigimi's reasons for not wanting to marry Kaoru?

3. Why does Ukifune's mother refuse Kaoru's offer to marry her daughter?

4. Murasaki finally dies after four years of illness. What was her dying wish and how did Genji react to it?

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

6. Why has the Eighth Prince renounced the world?

7. Explain Genji's death.

8. What does Genji discover through his relationship with Reikeiden?

9. Genji comes into contact with his childhood friend Yugao. What happens to Yugao after she maintains contact with Genji? How does Genji deal with this event?

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

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