The Kagero Diary: A Woman's Autobiographical Text from Tenth-century... Test | Final Test - Easy

Edward Seidensticker
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did MM reveal about her adopted daughter to Fujiwara?
(a) She was actually her little sister.
(b) She was Michitsuna's daughter.
(c) She was his niece.
(d) She was his daughter.

2. With what holiday did Book Two begin?
(a) Showa Day.
(b) Doll's Festival.
(c) New Year.
(d) Star Festival.

3. MM was most unsure of ____________________during her first days home from the retreat.
(a) Her ability to meditate outside of the monastery.
(b) The effectiveness of her absence.
(c) Her relationship with Fujiwara.
(d) Her relationship with her son.

4. What vocation did MM start to consider on her retreat?
(a) Nurse.
(b) Nun.
(c) Attendant.
(d) Poet.

5. What was Fujiwara's reaction to MM's plans for another pilgrimage with her father?
(a) Calm.
(b) Violently angry.
(c) Depressed.
(d) Encouraging.

6. What notable holiday passed in Fujiwara's absence when he became involved with Omi?
(a) Star Festival.
(b) Doll's Festival.
(c) New Year.
(d) Showa.

7. What sort of tournament did Fujiwara discuss seeing with MM in his letter?
(a) Dance.
(b) Sumo.
(c) Archery.
(d) Sword.

8. Why did MM decide to adopt a child?
(a) She wanted to punish Fujiwara.
(b) She wanted more children.
(c) She was afraid she would have no one to take care of her.
(d) She was lonely without children.

9. Why was Michitsuna given an official rank in court?
(a) Michitsuna became engaged to a noblewoman.
(b) Fujiwara passed down his duties to Michitsuna.
(c) Michitsuna pleased the prince with his archery skills.
(d) Fujiwara was promoted to major captain.

10. During her depression after Fujiwara's illness in Book Two, to where did MM make an enjoyable pilgrimage?
(a) Hatashi.
(b) Shinto.
(c) Kyoto.
(d) Karasaki.

11. Who became notably absent from MM's life after she moved in with her father?
(a) Michitsuna.
(b) Her daughter.
(c) Fujiwara.
(d) The Prince.

12. What natural element served to remind MM of her courtship with Fujiwara after his promotion?
(a) Rain.
(b) Drought.
(c) Earthquake.
(d) Snow.

13. What kept MM from committing suicide after her husband's rebuke about her depression in Book Two?
(a) Her pride.
(b) Her fears of the after life.
(c) Her son.
(d) Her religious duties.

14. What reminded MM most of Fujiwara's coldness towards her?
(a) The barren fields.
(b) The flowerless terrain.
(c) The cold ocean.
(d) The snow.

15. Why did MM move into her father's house?
(a) Her fear of being alone.
(b) Her reputation.
(c) Her ill health.
(d) Her lack of money.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who took charge of the situation with the fire in MM's neighborhood?

2. Why was MM unable to prepare Fujiwara's mourning clothes?

3. Why did Kanetada's wife give her daughter up for adoption to MM?

4. What was MM's destination when she planned a pilgrimage in Book Two with her son?

5. Upon whose demand did MM finally leave the monastery?

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