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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 constantly frustrated with Jiro?
2. What is wrong with Hanji?
3. Who is Yoshida?
4. What does Jiro keep doing?
5. In what disguise do Saburo and his crew pull off the robbery?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Jiro make mistakes and how does his mother react?
2. What do Saburo and his gang do one evening?
3. What does Jiro admire about one of Yoshida's apprentices?
4. What does Jiro decide to do and why does he make this decision?
5. How does Jiro help his father and how does this help his family?
6. What play does Okada finish and what do the apprentices worry about concerning the new play?
7. Why is Jiro almost attacked and who saves him?
8. What does Yoshida tell Jiro when Jiro presents himself to the man and how does Kinshi reassure Jiro?
9. How does Jiro practice puppeteering skills?
10. Where do Jiro and his father go and spend their money, and who do they talk to there?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:
1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?
2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?
3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?
4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.
5. What type of plot do you think The Master Puppeteer is? Explain your response.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the following:
1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?
2. Analyze and discuss The Master Puppeteer based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The Master Puppeteer is a successful novel.
3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider The Master Puppeteer a successful novel? What about young teens?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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