The Tale of Genji Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What happens to Aoi shortly after she gives birth to her son?

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

3. What does Genji send to the Safflower Princess after his visit in Chapter 23?

4. What news about Tamakazura arises once she is a grown woman?

5. What striking feature has the Safflower Princess managed to keep over the years?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the event that takes place between Genji and Naishi.

2. Describe the meeting between Yugiri and Kumoinokari after their six-year separation.

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

4. Why is Kashiwagi jealous of the marriage between Genji and the Third Princess?

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

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

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

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

9. How does Genji rationalize the storm in Chapter 13?

10. Who is Utsusemi and how does Genji first come into contact with her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do you believe is the prevailing theme in the novel? Why? How do you interpret this theme?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel Genji is depicted as a womanizer, but he also has a softer side. Locate the moments in the text where Genji's softer side can be seen and explain how it develops his character and your opinion of his character.

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