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

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At what festival was MM when her neighborhood caught on fire?
(a) Bunkasai.
(b) Yahata.
(c) Bon.
(d) Tanabata.

2. What was the station of Omi, Fujiwara's latest fixation in Book Two?
(a) Prostitute.
(b) Tailor.
(c) Poet.
(d) Serving lady.

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

4. Who offered to escort MM home (though she declined)?
(a) Captain of the guards.
(b) Omi.
(c) The Prince.
(d) Priest.

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

6. What did Fujiwara send to MM on her retreat to convince her to return home?
(a) Entourage.
(b) Money.
(c) Clothing.
(d) Incense.

7. Why did MM's attendants burn poppy seeds?
(a) They hoped it would heal her sickness.
(b) They tried to ward out evil spirits.
(c) They hoped to give the illusion of a busy household.
(d) They did this as a sign of disrespect for Fujiwara.

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

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

10. With what or whom was MM concerned when she came home, much to Fujiwara's annoyance?
(a) Father.
(b) Flowers.
(c) The Prince.
(d) Tokihime.

11. What did Michitsuna threaten to do if MM committed suicide?
(a) Commit suicide.
(b) Leave their country.
(c) Become a monk.
(d) Join the military.

12. Why did MM not expect Fujiwara to visit her in her father's house?
(a) Michitsuna's anger.
(b) Its location.
(c) His fear of her father.
(d) Her proximity to his mistress.

13. Where does Fujiwara meet MM on her retreat with her son?
(a) Monastery.
(b) Forest.
(c) Cemetery.
(d) Inn.

14. In Book Two, for what was MM commissioned?
(a) Painting.
(b) Calligraphy.
(c) Singing.
(d) Poetry.

15. Upon whose demand did MM finally leave the monastery?
(a) Michitsuna.
(b) Father.
(c) Fujiwara.
(d) The Prince.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did MM take special care to teach her adopted daughter?

2. Why was Michitsuna intent on finding his father after the fire?

3. What notable holiday passed in Fujiwara's absence when he became involved with Omi?

4. What year was Tenroku?

5. How did Fujiwara treat his son during the Grand Sumo Tournament?

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