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 party opposed the topknot rule?

2. When did the Meiji Restoration begin?

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

4. What did Gichin see floating in stinking muck in the sugarcane field?

5. Okinawa had a poisonous snake named what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How was Gichin described in the first section of the book?

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

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

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

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

7. What was the meaning of the syllables "te" and "kara" in karate?

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

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

10. How was Gichin described as a child?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The role of women in Karate-Do took on very different forms. For example, Gichin's wife and his mother appeared quite traditional, yet the women in Gichin's class were not. Compare these differing roles of women.

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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