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 does Genji's father do to protect him?

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

3. What festival does Genji attend at the beginning of Chapter 8?

4. Which of the Safflower Princess's relatives begs her to come and stay?

5. What does Genji avoid doing at the start of the rule of the Suzaku emperor?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Genji discover through his relationship with Reikeiden?

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

4. How does Oigimi hurt Kaoru?

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

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

7. What does Ukifune realize about Niou and Kaoru after living in the Ono village?

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

9. What did the fortune teller predict for Genji?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Could Ukifune's suicide attempt and escape from Kaoru and Niou be a metaphor for something else? What? How do you see this demonstrated in the text?

Essay Topic 2

Can you see a parallel between Niou and Kaoru with Genji and To no Chujo? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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