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. According to the agreement governing the match, where would the players move to an inn?

2. How long does Uragami think the match will take?

3. Why do many players play with the Master?

4. What is Otake upset about the Master breaking?

5. Who follows polite practices for the Master?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is the Master not a popular opponent?

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

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

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

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

8. What does Uragami associate with the Master and his death?

9. How does Uragami describe himself?

10. Why does the Master go into another room with his white stone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In The Master of Go, Kawabata's Japanese society shows a conscious appreciation for game playing. What do you think of the game "go" that the Master excels at? Which aspects do you find more or less appealing? How is game playing also associated with power and rebellion?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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