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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Sections 85-99.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the residence of the Major Captain of the Smaller Palace of the First Ward called?
(a) Otoko Yama.
(b) Seiryo Palace.
(c) High Court.
(d) Smaller Shirakawa.

2. What did Lord Akinobu say he had picked with his own hands?
(a) Rice.
(b) Seaweed.
(c) Cherries.
(d) Fern sprouts.

3. Who did the Empress suggest Shonagon ask for advice about how to respond to the package from Yukinari?
(a) Tadanobu.
(b) The Emperor.
(c) Niramitsu.
(d) Korenaka.

4. What did one of the women ask the old nun to do, which the Empress found degrading?
(a) Sing and dance.
(b) Cook a meal.
(c) Bow.
(d) Clean their clothing.

5. In the section called "Hateful Things," what hateful thing happened when an admirer came for a clandestine visit?
(a) The door was locked.
(b) A maid caught the visitor.
(c) The admirer got lost.
(d) A dog barked.

Short Answer Questions

1. What color did Shonagon say a cat's back should be?

2. What did Shonagon tell the Empress she thought of Yukinari?

3. What tree did pilgrims returning from Mitake often bring back branches of?

4. What color of under-robe was depressing in the Eighth Month?

5. What did Shonagon see someone spreading on the ground while traveling in her carriage one day?

(see the answer key)

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