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 Taoism challenge?

2. Lu Wu is associated with what era?

3. The West may never truly _______________ the East.

4. The book also discusses well-known tea drinkers from history, and_________ methods of tea drinking which are to be avoided.

5. Emperor Huei Tsung lavished much wealth on the attainment of rare species of tea, and declared which tea to be the most rare and best?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the history of Taoism and tea?

3. Describe Okakura's education.

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

5. What is Zennism?

6. How does Zennism oppose Buddhism?

7. What was the opinion of tea?

8. What does the author say about Tao and Taoism?

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

10. Why is there so much fuss about tea?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Man has a very long history with flowers.

Part 1) Describe man's long history with flowers. Why might flowers be important to man? How are flowers attractive to man?

Part 2) What is the Cult of Flowers? How does it reflect Japanese culture and philosophy? How is it connected to teaism?

Part 3) Describe the Western use of flowers. Do Westerners have respect for flowers? Explain.

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

Zennism influenced tea rooms.

Part 1) Describe Zennism. How did Zennism influence tea rooms? What else has influenced tea room design and ritual?

Part 2) How do these tea rooms compare to other Japanese structures? What are the reasons for any differences? What does this reveal about the tea room?

Part 3) How has Zennism and other aspects of Japanese culture influenced Western culture? What does this reveal about Western culture?

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