The Book of Tea Test | Final 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. The viewer is drawn to what about the artist?

2. Many tried to play the harp--could it be mastered?

3. Why did Rikyu frequently have arguments with his patron lord?

4. Tea-masters were conscious of art as what?

5. Okakura uses this tale to illustrate what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was the Cult of Flowers developed? What is this cult?

2. Do humans deserve flowers, according to the author? Explain.

3. How can one truly appreciate art?

4. How did Rikyu's life come to an end?

5. How is non-symmetry and non-repetition important?

6. How did tea-masters think of art?

7. Why might it be difficult for Westerners to appreciate Japanese architecture?

8. What do tea-masters think of life?

9. Why does Okakura use this tale?

10. Why is the tea room intended to be barren?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tea masters were conscious of art as a living, present influence.

Part 1) Support this statement with facts from this book. How does this also reinforce Eastern philosophical and religious beliefs?

Part 2) How do Westerners view art? How does this view affect how Westerners treat art and what art is made?

Part 3) How do you view art? How have you come to this belief? How does it compare to the tea master's view of art?

Essay Topic 2

Tea masters have done much for Japanese culture.

Part 1) What have tea masters done for Japanese culture? How has this influence come about?

Part 2) What influence has Japanese culture, and essentially the tea master, had on Western culture? How has Western culture also influenced Eastern culture? Is this blending of cultures good? Why or why not?

Part 3) Who influences the culture in the U.S.? How are U.S. citizens, and the West as a whole, affected by this influence?

Essay Topic 3

To truly appreciate art, one must discipline one's mind to properly receive and perceive art.

Part 1) How is this statement supported by this book? How can one discipline one's mind? How does the author suggest one discipline one's mind?

Part 2) Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? Can one appreciate art without being "disciplined?" Explain.

Part 3) What art or art form do you appreciate the most? How have you been disciplined or conditioned to appreciate it?

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