1. What is the function of money in this play? What role does it play in the dilemma that leads to the love suicide of Koharu and Jihei? What is the attitude toward money of Tahei? Jihei? Magoemon? Cite quotations in support of your position.
2. List the main characteristics of the women (Osan, the wife, and Koharu, the mistress). Compare their characters. How are women portrayed differently? To what would you attribute this difference?
3. Look for all references to religion in the play. What is the role of Amida Buddha with regard to the fate of Koharu and Jihei? Look for quotations in support of your position.