The Master of Go Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. During what meal do the players stop the game?

2. What does Uragami write about in an article about the game that is unusual?

3. Where do the players meet for the ceremonial opening of the game?

4. Where is the play about to begin when the Master asks for it to be moved, on the first day?

5. What is hard to maintain at a professional level, the longer the game of go is?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the ceremony for the game of go described by Yasunari?

2. Why does Uragami think the Master plays with Otake?

3. How does the Master act during the game of go that is revealed in his breathing?

4. What does Uragami admit to having for the Master?

5. Why does the Master play the white stones versus Otake, who plays with the black stones?

6. How does the Master seem to have trouble understanding the new rules?

7. How is the Master described before his death?

8. Why do Uragami and the Master's wife take the Master to the sea in between sessions?

9. On the first day of play, what does Otake apologize for and why does he do this?

10. What does Uragami do for the widow with care and deference after the Master's death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Master of Go is particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery. Powerful imagery to establish connections in the minds of readers with the story's characters and plot. Imagery is the picture we form in our minds of the story we read. It can involve, visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic, and kinesthetic. Kawabata uses these imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate in within our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this novel.

Essay Topic 2

Kawabata mentioned some stereotypes associated with playing go. How were stereotypes often based in myth? What aspects of stereotypes seemed real? With go, many myths abounded in relation to mastery and intuition. What were they? Were they believable? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did the author mean by calling the book The Master of Go? Cite an example to support your answer.

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