The Book of Tea Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Okakura Kakuzō
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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 did some people call tea?

2. For what was tea praised?

3. Did anyone oppose tea?

4. The Japanese under ______________________in the second half of the 19th century were pursuing efforts to modernize.

5. What does the "religion of aestheticism" celebrate?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Taoist beliefs? How did this affect the feelings toward authority and laws?

2. What is the editor's opinion of Okakura?

3. How does Zennism oppose Buddhism?

4. How is the vacuum used in another art form?

5. What is teaism?

6. When did tea first arrive in the Western world? Who brought it?

7. What is the history of Taoism and tea?

8. Who was Lu Wu? What were his beliefs about tea?

9. For what is tea known?

10. What are the three main tea eras? How are these eras significant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Humans have demonstrated that they are unworthy of the flower.

Part 1) How have humans demonstrated this? Is the flower unique to being mistreated by man? Explain.

Part 2) How does the Cult of Flowers try to go against this fact? Do Americans treat flowers with respect? Why or why not?

Part 3) Are humans worthy of anything? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Tea is art and requires a tea master to bring out its "noblest qualities."

Part 1) How is tea art? What are the requirements for something to be a work of art, according to the author? What are tea's noble qualities?

Part 2) How does a tea master bring out the "noblest qualities" in tea? What else is a tea master capable of? How have tea masters helped to shape Japanese culture?

Part 3) What is an American art form? Who has been instrumental in the evolution of this art form?

Essay Topic 3

Stereotypes exist for both the West and the East.

Part 1) Describe stereotypes of each. How have these stereotypes come about? How do they affect the relationships between the East and the West?

Part 2) What does the writing of this book reveal about the stereotypes between the East and the West? What does this reveal about the author's feelings towards the West?

Part 3) What stereotypes exist in your own community? How do these stereotypes come about? How do they affect relationships between various groups in your community? How do these stereotypes affect you?

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