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The Haiku and Haikai Quiz

Know your haiku from your limerick? Your tanka from your sonnet? The quiz is about Japanese haiku and haikai since Basho‘s time. Give it a go!

  • Question of

    Which verse-form evolved into the modern haiku?

    • hokku
    • haikai
    • waka
    • tanka
  • Question of

    The four haiku ‘masters’ are usually said to be Basho, Issa, Shiki and who?

    • Boncho
    • Chiyo-ni
    • Buson
    • Kikaku
  • Question of

    Which verse form is similar to haiku but focuses on human foibles?

    • haikai
    • tanku
    • maeku
    • senryu
  • Question of

    Basho’s favoured poetic form was

    • choka
    • waka
    • tanka
    • haikai-no-renga
  • Question of

    The final ‘side’ of a renga is known as…

    • jo
    • kyu
    • ha
    • hya
  • Question of

    What is the term for a work combining a haiku with a painting or drawing?

    • haikai
    • haibun
    • haiga
    • wakiku
  • Question of

    In renku, what does ‘tsukeku’ mean?

    • the current verse
    • the first verse of the side
    • the previous-but-one verse
    • the preceding verse
  • Question of

    The word ‘hana’ means ‘flower,’ but in Japanese poetry, unless it is qualified, it means…

    • plum blossom
    • roses
    • rape flowers
    • cherry blossom
  • Question of

    What is the term for a word or phrase indicating a specific season?

    • kireji
    • tsuki
    • kigo
    • ya
  • Question of

    One of the most common ‘cutting words’ occurs at the end of a haiku or hokku. It is…

    • ya
    • ka
    • kana
    • onji
  • Question of

    The mention of a moon, unless qualified, indicates what season?

    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter
    • new year
  • Question of

    What is a saijiki?

    • a classical renga master
    • a book of season words with sample poems
    • a place traditionally associated with poetry
    • a walk during which one composes poetry
  • Question of

    What is the term for a 36-verse renku?

    • hyakuin
    • junicho
    • nijuin
    • kasen
  • Question of

    Whose most famous verse begins, ‘furuike ya’?

    • Shiki
    • Basho
    • Buson
    • Kyoshi


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