The Tale of Genji Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Niou send to Uji to ask about Ukifune's whereabouts?

2. What does Genji begin to realize in Chapter 37?

3. What type of skill does Ukifune possess?

4. Where does Nakanokimi go to visit Niou in Chapter 48?

5. What is Genji's opinion of the Third Princess?

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

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 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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