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 Genji trust to be with him in his preparation for his daughter's initiation?

2. Lady Ichijo gives Yugiri a gift that once belonged to _______.

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

4. What eventually happens to Ukifune?

5. Why does Genji want to visit the Akashi lady?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel Genji is depicted as a womanizer, but he also has a softer side. Locate the moments in the text where Genji's softer side can be seen and explain how it develops his character and your opinion of his character.

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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