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. By making a move far away from the central battle that required a quick response, how did Otake leave the positions in the important parts of the board?

2. How does the Master insist on playing?

3. What play made the Master so furious that he almost forfeited the game right then?

4. Who develops a cold and possibly some fluid in his lungs?

5. What does Uragami's opponent seem willing to do in every game of go that he plays on the train?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Otake think the Master should not play in August?

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

6. How does the Master make Otake play conservatively?

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

8. Why is the judge not able to find Black 121, initially?

9. How does the Master respond to Otake's move as Chapter 21 begins?

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

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

Describe Wu. What is his role in the story? What was Kawabata trying to accomplish by creating the Wu' character in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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