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. How does Jiro feel about himself in regards to his family?

2. What does Jiro decide to do on the New Year instead of celebrating with the others?

3. What happens to Jiro's mother when she goes to the shrine to get food?

4. Who comes to the theater the next morning?

5. What does Kinshi say he did the last time there was a new play?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Jiro discover when he goes to steal the script for the next play?

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

4. How does Jiro practice puppeteering skills?

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

6. What do the authorities and merchant's guild offer?

7. Why does Jiro make mistakes and how does his mother react?

8. How do Jiro and the other boys feel about Jiro's assignment?

9. What does Jiro admire about one of Yoshida's apprentices?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In this story, the gap between people's wealth and their social position is particularly large. This is because it is a time of famine, and the farmers are forced to give most of their food to the daimyos. The rice merchants have grown extremely rich while the farmers and other peasants are poor and starving. The samurai might be considered very important on the social scale, but Jiro tells us that even some of the samurai are starving on very small rice stipends. This has made people very angry and restless, as the lowliest and undeserving members of society, the merchants are getting rich and fat while those who should be more important starve. The famine has only made these feelings worse, and has caused the peasants of the city to become desperate.

1. Compare a day in the life of a peasant with a day in the life of a Lord in feudal Japan. Use examples from The Master Puppeteer to support your reasoning.

2. Do you think the rice merchants have an obligation to feed the masses? Why or why not? Use examples from The Master Puppeteer to support your reasoning.

3. What kinds of behaviors do you think desperate, starving people will display and how does starvation of the masses enter into many revolutions in countries? Use examples from The Master Puppeteer to support your reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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