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. How does Murasaki return the Empress Akikonomu's kind gesture in Chapter 24?

2. What word would must accurately describe Genji?

3. From what does Genji fall ill at the end of Chapter 4?

4. What do priests attempt to do to Aoi during her pregnancy?

5. What does Genji notice about the Safflower Princess during a visit in Chapter 23?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Kaoru begin to regret his refusal of Nakanokimi?

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

3. What happens to Murasaki in Chapter 35?

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

5. Who does Genji see when he visits the sage in the mountain? What is his reaction?

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

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

8. Why does Genji wish to keep secrets involving Yugao's death?

9. Explain why Genji entertains the idea of moving to the Suma coast and also explain the factors that may be holding him back.

10. Describe the situation between Genji and Utsusemi after her husband falls ill.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel To no Chujo is in constant competition with Genji. Analyze and describe the internal conflict that To no Chujo may be feeling. Be sure to cite specific instances from the novel to support your thesis.

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

What do you believe is the the importance of the role of women in the novel? Does the fact that the author is a woman influence the role of women in this book at all? Support your answer with evidence from the novel.

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