Karate-Do: My Way of Life Test | Final 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. Former students of Gichin who were unable to carry a rifle or sword were told to do what to the enemy during the war?

2. What rule number was missing from karate-do?

3. What made kata similar to dance?

4. Gichin was dismayed by popular press notions of what in karate?

5. What was deadly serious where an opponent must always be in one's mind to survive and avoid failure?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Gichin learn from his students?

2. How was karate-do a way of life?

3. How did Gichin approach karate training?

4. How did Gichin plan to impress viewers at the demonstration in Tokyo?

5. What were some benefits for women from taking karate according to Gichin?

6. Why did Gichin warn against arrogance in training?

7. Why was Gichin so healthy?

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

9. What did Gichin realize about his wife as she died?

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

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

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

What was the importance of avoiding conflict according to Gichin? How did Gichin illustrate this in the example with the thieves entering his house? Did he respond in a similar way to Isotu? Were there any differences?

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