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. Modernization came with a price, namely, the destruction of what?

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

3. The editor sees ___________ distinct sides of Okakura which he would alternately exhibit.

4. What did Taoism challenge?

5. Some statesmen, philosophers, and artists of the West could be referred to as what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the chief contribution of Taoism to Asiatic life? Describe this.

2. What is Zennism?

3. What is the history of Taoism and tea?

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

5. What is teaism?

6. Is tea art? If so, how? If not, why not?

7. How are the Whipped Tea era and the Boiled Tea era different?

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

9. Describe Okakura's education.

10. What is said about THE BOOK OF TEA and tea at the end of the chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

There are three eras of tea.

Part 1) What are the three main tea eras? Describe each of them and explain how each of them come to be? How are they connected?

Part 2) How does each era reflect the Japanese culture of the time? Does the tea era influence the culture or does the culture influence the tea era? Explain.

Part 3) How does art in America today reflect life? How has American art evolved to be what it is today?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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