This is another post in my Read & Answer series of articles where I give a short passage in Japanese followed by one or more questions to test your understanding. Besides testing vocabulary, articles in this series aim to test reading comprehension (読解力, dokkairoyku). You can see more about this series here, and a list of the other articles in it here.
This will be Level 2, which is the second easiest level and targets those who have studied roughly Japanese one or two years.
I’ve given a list of Kanji words with their definitions below the answer choices, so you only need to be able to read hiragana and katakana for this exercise. For more advanced students, I suggest trying to answer the questions without looking at the word readings and meanings.
Which of the below most appropriately describes the passage?
Answer Choices 1
a) A formal letter from a student to a teacher
b) An email from a girl to one of her friends
c) A company notice
d) A news report
Who seems to be the author of the passage?
Answer Choices 2
How does the author of the passage describe his/her life lately?
Answer Choices 3
a) Feeling depressed lately
b) Recently saw a movie with a girlfriend
c) Nothing special going on lately
d) Just got a new job
What does the phrase「一緒にいかない？」mean?
Answer Choices 4
a) “Do you to want to go with me/us?”
b) “I’m not going.”
c) “I’ll only go with you, OK?”
d) “We’re going the same direction.”
How would you describe the overall tone of the passage?
Answer Choices 5
a) Very formal and polite.
b) Not very modern sounding, with several uncommon expressions.
d) Cold and neutral.
Who is the implied subject of the phrase 「元気にしてる」
Answer Choices 6
c) It cannot be inferred from the context
How many people are involved in the event that is being discussed in the passage?
Answer Choices 7
Bonus question: Which verb could have been written with kanji (and might look more natural that way)?
Word readings and meanings
順子: junko (a person’s name)
玲子: reiko (a person’s name)
最近: saikin (lately)
特に: toku ni (particularly, or not particularly)
来週: raishuu (next week)
水曜日: suiyoubi (Wednesday)
映画: eiga (movie)
一緒に: isshou ni (together)
何か: nanika (something)
何: nan / nani (what)
見る: miru（to watch, to see)
変わる: kawaru (to change, to be different)
決まる: kimaru (to be decided)
Q7: c (3 people: reiko, junko, and yui)
Bonus: 「いかない？」 could have been written as 「行かない?」.
If you enjoyed this exercise, please comment or like this post so I know to continue writing these. Also, please let me know if you want more or less difficult passages.
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