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. Gichin Funakoshi is a karate master and scholar of what kind of classics?

2. What martial art's origin was unknown according to Gichin?

3. Karate was linked to what religious tradition?

4. Why did Gichin sway a lantern to and fro as he is walking on the road with his son?

5. How did Matsumura repel the owner of the engraver shop?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Gichin learn from his students?

2. Describe the origins of karate.

3. What did Matsumura and the engraver want from each other?

4. Why did Gichin warn against arrogance in training?

5. How did Matsumura defeat the engraver?

6. How did karate stand out according to Gichin?

7. What was the goal of karate?

8. Why was placement of thumb, knuckles, and wrist important in karate?

9. What did mastery of karate-do require according to Gichin?

10. Why did Gichin stay in the Okinawa area of Shuri despite his promotion?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Power in society was a prevailing theme of Karate-Do. Gichin frequently referred to this theme, painting the picture of the monarchy and the change in government. Which individuals appeared honest and which appeared corrupt? Which individuals appeared to rise above corruption even if they were initially vulnerable to it? What is your opinion of the society that Gichin described?

Essay Topic 2

The author used more than one instance of irony in Karate-Do. Cite at least two examples you can identify in the book and note why they were examples of irony.

Essay Topic 3

The author mentioned some stereotypes associated with karate. How were stereotypes often based in myth? What aspects of stereotypes seemed real? With karate, many myths abounded in relation to strength and ability. What were they? Were they believable?

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