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. Who is the only exception among all the great players, according to Uragami?

2. Who gets more frustrated as the sick person gets sicker after the middle phase of the game?

3. What does Uragami discuss as he pleads with Otake to reconsider forfeiting the game?

4. What session at Ito is left up in the air after a dispute over the schedule?

5. In what is Wu's opinion of the game between the Master and Otake included?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Kume visits the Master and suggests a doctor for him?

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

3. How is Otake affected by the Master's poor condition of health?

4. How are the rules changed to adjust to the Master's health?

5. Why does Uragami think Otake takes so long to play his move?

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

7. Despite his declining health, what does the Master continue to have for the game?

8. How do the Master and Otake spend their time during the rest period?

9. Why is play in August delayed, initially?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Kawabata espouses a radical approach to game and thus related employment that would alter the structure of society. He describes the game player in The Master of Go as a proletariat like Marxian philosophy who is rebelling against the government in some ways. Describe the worker in The Master of Go. Do you think this is realistic and characteristic of today? Do you think the issues that Kawabata discusses are still relevant today and if so, in what ways?

Essay Topic 2

The Master and Otake are two of the most active characters in the game of go.

Part 1) What is their relationship? How do they co-exist and how do they interact? What is similar about them, and what is different?

Part 2) What are some events that Otake had a direct influence upon? What are some events that The Master had a direct influence upon?

Part 3) Which character offers support or sympathy to people that attempt to play the game of Go and win? Which one is stronger, and why?

Essay Topic 3

Kawabata uses more than one iteration on the motif of socialism. Identify at least two motifs about socialism and workers' rights in the book. Then, cite an example to support each answer.

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