Silence Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is outside the priests' hut in this chapter?

2. Where do the priests decide Rodrigues will go in this chapter?

3. For what is a person rewarded 100 pieces of silver?

4. Why is it difficult to find a Japanese person in Macao?

5. What is the nationality of the boat crew?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rodrigues react to the sound of his jailer snoring?

2. Why is Rodrigues transported in a covered caravan?

3. Why is there distrust among Christian villagers?

4. How do the priests show their innocence in Chapter 1?

5. Summarize the story of Silence.

6. What does Janassen note in his journals?

7. How does Kichijiro agree to help the two priests?

8. Describe the storm at the beginning of Chapter 2.

9. What ultimatum does the samurai give Rodrigues in Chapter 5?

10. From what does the snoring sound come?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does Endo use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

3) Aside from the main character, Rodrigues, examine the way Endo uses the other characters in the story. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

Essay Topic 2

Silence is part of the historical fiction genre.

1) What are the conventions of the historical fiction genre in terms of character, language and plot?

2) In what way did Silence help to set the template for similar novels? Do modern novels still use the ideas used in Silence?

Essay Topic 3

Use the following statement to write a 500-word essay: While Endo looks at the persecution of Japanese Christians, the book fails to address why the Japanese government was against Christianity.

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