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 Kaoru immediately fall in love with while in Uji?

2. Which person is used to resolve the conflict between To no Chujo and Genji?

3. Whom does Niou marry?

4. What type of skill does Ukifune possess?

5. What does the Emperor pull up when making a wager with Kaoru?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Throughout the novel, several of the women Genji wishes to pursue wish to become nuns instead of entering into a relationship with Genji. Given this fact would you believe that Genji is as desirable as he appears? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Through the novel, health, the economy, and the weather are believed to be the result of what? Give some examples and explain this belief.

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