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 lord believed the rumors and condemned Rikyu to what?

2. There was once a great harp crafted from what?

3. The tea room not only contrasts Western architecture, it is quite different from what?

4. Why might it be hard for Westerners to appreciate the Japanese tradition of wood and bamboo architecture, and, therefore, hard to appreciate the tea room itself?

5. How do guests approach the tea room?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is done with these selected flowers?

2. How have tea-masters furthered art in Japan? What else have they influenced?

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

4. What is the connection between man and flowers?

5. Why does Okakura use this tale?

6. How does one enter a tea room?

7. How do the Japanese show that art is important to them?

8. Who was Rikyu? What problem existed between him and Hideyoshi?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Okakura relates the Taoist tale of the Harp.

Part 1) Describe this tale. Why does Okakura relate this tale? How is it tied to Japanese culture? What does it reinforce?

Part 2) Describe a Western tale. What does it reveal about Western culture? How do the Eastern and Western tales compare?

Part 3) How do these tales illustrate the differences in Eastern and Western culture and thinking? How might they aid in building relations between the East and the West?

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

The tea room, or Sukiya, is a simple cottage.

Part 1) Give a full description of a tea room, or Sukiya. What has influenced the design of a Sukiya? How has the Sukiya evolved over time? Why?

Part 2) Describe the Japanese tea ceremony. How are the design of the tea room and the service that takes place within connected?

Part 3) What structures exist in our culture that serve some sort of religious or ritualistic purpose? How is the ritual tied to the design of the structure?

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