Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. What is the significance of The Pillow Book? Why is it important to Japanese history? What is it's linguistic significance?
2. What factual information is known about Sei Shonagon? When did she live? What was her position in life?
3. How does The Pillow Book cross lines between being a work of non-fiction and a work of fiction? What elements of fiction does it contain?
4. How did Shonagon feel about aesthetics? How do you know this? Discuss some sections in which Shonagon specifically talked about how things should look. What do these sections...
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