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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 tells Jiro he is selfish?

2. What does Kinshi steal to celebrate?

3. Who does the character Joman resemble?

4. Who is constantly frustrated with Jiro?

5. How does Okada react to Jiro's request?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the assistant magistrate first tell Yoshida and what does the assistant magistrate later say?

2. What does Hanji tell Jiro and offer to do, and what is Jiro's response?

3. How does Kinshi get out of his chores and what do the other boys do?

4. What do Jiro and Kinshi get to do on stage during one performance?

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

6. Describe the latest theft Saburo pulls off.

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

8. How does Jiro manage to get Kinshi his role back in the play?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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