The Master Puppeteer 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 does Jiro do to prepare for his part in the new production?

2. About whom do Jiro and Hanji talk with another man?

3. What is said about Yoshida?

4. What happens to the snipe?

5. Why does Jiro worry about his decision?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Jiro goes home to see his mother?

2. How does Jiro help his father and how does this help his family?

3. What do Saburo and his gang do one evening?

4. What does Jiro hope about his father and what is the outcome?

5. What do Jiro and Kinshi think of Yoshida's performance?

6. What play does Okada finish and what do the apprentices worry about concerning the new play?

7. Where does Jiro and his father sell their puppets?

8. What does Kinshi steal for a celebration and what happens?

9. What does Jiro offer to about the new play and what is the outcome?

10. Who does Jiro find at the house when he gets home and what does Jiro learn from him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in The Master Puppeteer. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in The Master Puppeteer. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of class in The Master Puppeteer. Consider the following questions: How does class affect the characters in the story? How is class demonstrated? How rigid is the class system in feudal Japan? What types of struggles are evident because of class?

Essay Topic 2

The Master Puppeteer belongs to the youth historical fiction genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the youth historical fiction genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a youth historical fiction and a historical novel mystery?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in The Master Puppeteer.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of The Master Puppeteer. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of The Master Puppeteer. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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