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. Where does the Second Princess join Lady Ichijo during an expedition?

2. How does Genji prepare for his daughter's initiation?

3. To whom does the Suzaku Emporer send the Third Princess to in Chapter 34?

4. What is the wager between Kaoru and the Emporer?

5. Who is extremely hurt by Yugiri's affair?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Genji fathers many sons. Write about Yugiri, and infer as to how Yugiri may feel about his father's unrelenting antics, and seemingly selfish attitude as he has expressed at certain points within the text.

Essay Topic 2

Genji was very lucky with women as was Niou. Kaoru and Yugiri were not so lucky with women. Given these facts what is the novel suggesting what women want in a man? Do you believe Genji and Niou are much better men than Kaoru and Yugiri? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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