Karate-Do: My Way of Life Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Gichin Funakoshi
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Matsumura learn was the only obstacle to life?

2. Wutang was named after what mountains?

3. How old was the owner of the engraver shop that Matsumura visited?

4. What were karate experts known for apparently according to the public?

5. On their way back from the viewing party to what city/town did Gichin and Itosu's group find themselves under attack?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the children call Gichin "snake gourd?"

2. How did Gichin get started with his new school?

3. Describe a tegumi bout as mentioned by Gichin.

4. Describe what Gichin learned about hand wrestling and karate-do.

5. How did Gichin rescue the man running from the police initially?

6. Why did Gichin warn against arrogance in training?

7. Describe the altercation Gichin had with the thief in the rain.

8. Why did Gichin admire Azato and Itosu?

9. How did Gichin approach karate training?

10. Describe the book collaboration that Gichin had with the painter.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gichin employed simple, minimalist, highly controlled, meticulous yet effective language contrasted with complex concepts. Both styles employed powerful symbolism. Choose an example of symbolism, briefly describe it, and identify the technique which it embodies.

Essay Topic 2

Gichin and Azato were two of the most active individuals in the book in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the spread of karate through Okinawa and modern Japan.

Part 1) What was their relationship? How did they co-exist and how did they interact? What was similar about them and what was different?

Part 2) What were some events that Gichin had a direct influence upon? What were some events that Azato had a direct influence upon?

Part 3) Which individual offered support to the group? Which one was stronger and why?

Essay Topic 3

Violence appeared throughout Karate-Do. Who was violent? In what ways were individuals violent or abusive? What was their effect on other individuals and their lives? Did these individuals change over time?

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