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. Where did the Meiji Restoration begin?

2. What party opposed the topknot rule?

3. Who said that karate was one of the most refined martial arts in Tokyo?

4. Nukite is a kind of what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the goal of karate?

2. How did Gichin move up in his teaching practice?

3. How was Gichin described as a child?

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

5. How did Gichin practice the spirit of karate when thieves visited his home?

6. How did Gichin interpret what karate means?

7. What was the premise and history of Karate-do: My Way of Life?

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

9. How was the son of Azato that Gichin met described in the first section of the book?

10. Why did Gichin admire Azato and Itosu?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gichin emphasized the importance of training in karate. What was an example of a kata described by Gichin? How long did it take to master a kata? What was necessary for mastery? Who could do it?

Essay Topic 2

Karate-Do was particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery. Powerful imagery to establish connections in the minds of readers with the story's individuals and plot. Imagery is the picture we form in our minds of the story we read. It can involve, visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic, and kinesthetic. The author used imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate in within our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this book.

Essay Topic 3

Knowledge was an important concept in the book. Who had knowledge and in what way? Who lost or gained knowledge? Was Gichin's desire for knowledge the same as that of Azato? What about the members of the Meiji government? In what ways were these individuals similar in their pursuit of knowledge or influence?

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