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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Genji is in love with a woman whom he cannot have during the beginning of the novel. Who is this woman?
2. Who is Genji's former nurse?
3. Where do the ministers go for their royal outing?
4. What does Omiya tell Genji in Chapter 29?
5. Which lady does Genji begin spending time with in Chapter 11?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain why Genji entertains the idea of moving to the Suma coast and also explain the factors that may be holding him back.
2. 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?
3. How does Genji rationalize the storm in Chapter 13?
4. Why does Ukifune's mother refuse Kaoru's offer to marry her daughter?
5. Why does Genji want Tamakazura to be seen in the light of fireflies? Explain.
6. What are Oigimi's reasons for not wanting to marry Kaoru?
7. What causes General Higekuro to look toward Tamakazura as a wife?
8. Why doesn't Genji want his son, Yugiri to advance in rank? What does Genji do?
9. Why does Kaoru pray to Buddha in Chapter 46? Explain.
10. Why is it strange that Yugiri has tried to seduce the Second Princess?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Ukifune successfully escapes the advances made by Kaoru. While other women in the novel were not able to escape the clutches of men. Why is Ukifune's escape significant? Do you find that it is significant? What might her escape suggest?
Essay Topic 2
Genji was very lucky with women as was Niou. Kaoru and Yugiri were not so lucky with women. Given these facts what is the novel suggesting what women want in a man? Do you believe Genji and Niou are much better men than Kaoru and Yugiri? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Genji is a shameless womanizer throughout the bulk of the novel. What do you believe his actions toward women suggests about his character? Support your answers with specific references to and examples from the novel.
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