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. Who were classified in four teaching groups as elementary classes, higher grades, special courses and assistants?

2. What kind of eyes did Matsumura have?

3. When in 19th century Japan did an applicant to medical school have to be born to be eligible?

4. What did thieves take from Gichin's house?

5. Within how many years did karate men from Okinawa introduce and teach the art?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Matsumura learn about life after his experience at the engraver shop?

2. How did Itosu teach his students the meaning of karate?

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

4. How was Gichin described as a child?

5. How did Gichin interpret what karate means?

6. How did Matsumura defeat the engraver?

7. Describe the origins of karate.

8. Why did Gichin admire Sueyoshi?

9. Why was it hard to learn karate initially in 19th century Japan?

10. How did karate spread in Japan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Freedom was a recurring theme in Karate-Do. Who was free? Who lacked freedom? What constricted freedom? How did Gichin gain or lose freedom? Which authorities controlled access to freedom and in what ways? Did Gichin need a purpose in life to be free?

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

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?

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