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. Some tea-masters aimed for what feeling?

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

3. How might a tea room appear to a Westerner?

4. Tea-masters justify the cutting of flowers by viewing it as what?

5. The guests must hunch down to enter the ______________ door.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the connection between man and flowers?

2. What story does Okakura tell? What is the problem with the instrument in the book?

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

4. What does Okakura say about modern art appreciation?

5. What is a Sukiya?

6. How are art masters immortal?

7. What do tea-masters think of life?

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

9. What is done with these selected flowers?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Fenollosa and Okakura went around Asia finding art and other objects to preserve.

Part 1) Who is Fenollosa? What is the relationship between Fenollosa and Okakura? Why did they go around Asia finding art and other objects to preserve?

Part 2) How is preservation a theme of this book? Why does the author find preservation to be important? Do you believe preservation is necessary in Eastern cultures? Why or why not?

Part 3) Describe efforts of preservation in the U.S. Why is preservation important in the U.S.? How does this compare to the preservation work of Fenollosa and Okakura?

Essay Topic 2

Taoism and tea are connected.

Part 1) What is Taoism? How is Taoism connected to tea? How have they each influenced the other? What else is connected to tea?

Part 2) How have tea rooms and tea ceremonies been influenced by various philosophies and religions? How is this influence seen even in Western tea culture?

Part 3) How is religion and philosophy tied to American culture? How important is religion to our country's past, present, and future?

Essay Topic 3

Tea began as a medicine and only gradually grew into a beverage.

Part 1) Describe the medicinal uses of tea. How did this gradually lead to tea being a beverage? How did this beverage then spread throughout the world?

Part 2) What are the three main tea eras? How did each begin? How is each era unique? What commonalities exist between these eras? What influenced how tea was made and how it was served? How important is the tea room in the tea service? How does the tea room reflect the tea master and the tea that is being served?

Part 3) How has the U.S. been affected by the spread of the popularity of tea? How is tea a part of our culture today? How does U.S. tea culture compare to the Japanese tea culture described in the book? Is one tea culture superior? If so, how? If not, why not?

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