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

2. In which wing of the palace do Genji and Murasaki live?

3. Who is Lady Rokujo's daughter?

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

5. Genji is concerned about the illness of _______ , Tamakazura's grandmother.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why has the Eighth Prince renounced the world?

3. Why does Genji want Tamakazura to be seen in the light of fireflies? Explain.

4. What causes General Higekuro to look toward Tamakazura as a wife?

5. 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?

6. What really happened to Ukifune?

7. How does Kaoru find that Niou is having a secret relationship with Ukifune?

8. Why is it strange that Yugiri has tried to seduce the Second Princess?

9. Why is Tamakazura reduced to tears at the sight of Kaoru?

10. Genji begins spending more time with the Akashi lady. How does Murasaki feel about this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author continues to write even after Genji's death takes place. Up until his death, the novel has centered upon Genji's character. Why do you believe that the novel continues afterward? What could this possibly suggest?

Essay Topic 2

Why do you believe the author leaves certain events out? For instance, she left out the fact that Fujitsuo and Genji slept together; the reader does not realize this until much later. How does this add or take away from the story? What do you think? Why?

Essay Topic 3

After Genji's death, Kaoru becomes the main character of focus. How does Kaoru's character parallel Genji's character?

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