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. What makes the river near the game flood and swell?

2. Why does Otake play first?

3. What does Otake drink a lot of during the game?

4. What does Uragami believe is responsible for the Master's death?

5. How tail is the Master?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some concessions made for the game that seem very difficult to follow?

2. After the judges and reporters and Otake leave the inn, what does Uragami reflect upon?

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

4. How does the Master fail to keep rules when it rains?

5. How are the two players described in the beginning of the book?

6. How does Kawabata frame the novel through Chapters 2 and 4?

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

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

9. How does Uragami describe himself?

10. What is the controversy surrounding the match he had with Wu?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare "The Master of Go" with another of Kawabata's other books that deal with socialist issues. Which is, in your opinion, better? Explain. What future scenarios might you want to see in upcoming books? Which characters would you like to see portrayed? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in The Game of Go. Which of the individuals were lonely? Were they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 3

One of the main themes in the book is ethical and social responsibility. List at least four examples where Kawabata employs this specific theme. Is the battle between making ethical choices obvious or subtle? What characters are involved in this kind of battle? Do you think the right person or group won? Does good always triumph over evil in the case of The Master of Go ethics? Where do these definitions appear vague or incomprehensible?

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