Pre-modern Japanese Literature Take Home Portion of Final Exam Fall 2006
All semester test. Use works from the first day to the last day of class.
-You may study for the test after reading these questions.
-You may not use your notes or books when you sit down to write the test.
-You should type in Arial 12, double space, and have one inch margins.
-Type your name on the top page with the date. Honor Code on last page.
-Staple all the pages together in one packet.(No folder papers or clips)
-Do not discuss this exam with anyone AT ALL. Not even which questions you are doing. NOTHING. Talking about the test will be an HONOR CODE VIOLATION.
-Turn it in on the day you take the test (12/16) at 8:30 am. LRC will not be open, for you to print, so have it ready at 8;30, so I can sit and read it.
-If you choose not to do this as “take home,” you will see the exact same questions on the test on 12/16.
Medium Essay or Outline. Do 2 out of 3. Page limit: 2.5 (15x2=30)
1. Several of the texts we have read this semester have had elements of the supernatural that serve to move the plot in certain directions / and or enrich the story. Citing three texts, discuss specific examples of the occurrence of the supernatural. Give A) the examples (more than one is best); B) the reasons you believe the author/creator used such images / plot lines and C) the overall effect on you as a reader now and D) the overall effect on the audience at the time the work was written / recited.
2. Buddhism and religion in general clearly influenced Japanese literature. Citing 3 texts, illustrate how Buddhism or religion is a key element in these works. Use specific examples from each text.
3. How has Japanese literature has changed over time? Discuss the first work we read and the last, with various works from in the middle. Be certain to include all the important genres/categories. (You do not have to mention EVERY work over the semester, but give a general sense of the works).
Short essay or outline. Do 2 out of three. Page limit: 1.5 (2x10=20)
A. Describe and discuss Bunraku or Renga. Make sure to include key figures at dates/periods in your description. Do one, not both.
B. Describe the zuihitsu we’ve read this semester and compare and contrast them.
C. Genji is supposed to be the perfect suitor in the Heian period. Give examples of why you believe this is true, and give examples of why you believe this is false. Based on your examples, choose whether you agree or disagree with the statement. (You may not remain undecided.)