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

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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. Who does Genji sleep with when visiting his former nurse?

2. How long does the debate last regarding Genji and To no Chujo's competition?

3. What would hold Genji back from traveling away from home?

4. Who is Genji's former nurse?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the situation after Nakanokimi receives a letter from Ukifune.

3. What did the fortune teller predict for Genji?

4. Describe Genji's view on women.

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

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

7. How does Genji react when Fujitsubo rejects him for the final time?

8. How does Genji feel after the death of Kashiwagi?

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

10. Explain Genji's death.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

While on her death bed, Murasaki tells Genji about her wish to become a nun. Genji rejects her wish. Was this cruel of Genji why or why not? Is Genji selfish, an egotistical character? Explain.

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

What do you believe is Genji's strongest characteristic? How is it exemplified throughout the story? Do you find that it helps or hinders him? How?

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