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. What new role had the crown prince taken on as the war commenced?

2. From where did Gichin get students?

3. Who told the public bathhouse tale that Gichin repeated?

4. What were the police afraid would happen with karate students?

5. What earthquake struck on September 1, 1923?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Gichin warn against arrogance in training?

2. How did Gichin get started with his new school?

3. How did karate stand out according to Gichin?

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

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

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

7. Describe the book collaboration that Gichin had with the painter.

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

9. What did Gichin learn from his students?

10. Why did Gichin name his dojo Shoto?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gichin and Azato were two of the most active individuals in the book in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the spread of karate through Okinawa and modern Japan.

Part 1) What was their relationship? How did they co-exist and how did they interact? What was similar about them and what was different?

Part 2) What were some events that Gichin had a direct influence upon? What were some events that Azato had a direct influence upon?

Part 3) Which individual offered support to the group? Which one was stronger and why?

Essay Topic 2

Explain Gichin's use of humor in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of humor and explain why the author used them where he did.

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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