The Master of Go Test | Final 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 color is the Master's hair dyed?

2. After the play of what move does Otake take the offensive and the advantage?

3. Who does Otake tell that he is willing to forfeit the match?

4. In the final session of the play, what becomes apparent about the Master?

5. What part of the sick person's body has a problem, as determined by the specialist sent by the newspaper?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Uragami coming and going in between sessions of the game of go?

2. What happens during the final session of the match?

3. How does the Master make Otake play conservatively?

4. Why are amateurs disappointed in the game, according to Uragami?

5. How does Otake apparently take advantage of the rules of the game of go?

6. Why is Uragami disappointed in Wu's comments for the article?

7. How does Otake compromise with the organizers who want to finish the match soon?

8. What happens as the game enters the middle phase?

9. Why is the second session at Ito left up in the air?

10. What does Uragami take as a sign of the Master's desire to finish the match?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What was the importance of avoiding conflict, according to Otake? How was he supportive? How was he distant? How did Otake find himself alone, often? How did his competitiveness affect this? What were his feelings about this? Did this change over time? Why or why not?

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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