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 Kinshi say he did the last time there was a new play?

2. What is said about Yoshida?

3. What has Jiro learned about his mother?

4. What is Taro doing when Jiro talks with him?

5. Why does Jiro worry about his decision?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Okada respond to Jiro's question?

3. What does Yoshida tell Jiro when Jiro presents himself to the man and how does Kinshi reassure Jiro?

4. How does Jiro being rude earn him an apprenticeship?

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

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

7. Who posts the roles for the new play and what is Jiro's role?

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

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

10. Who are the other apprentices?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Katherine Peterson.

2. What in Peterson's background may have helped him in writing The Master Puppeteer? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The samurai were military nobility who followed a strict code of honor called Bushido. This meant that they dedicated their fighting skills to their master and were supposed to serve him honorably, even to the extent of giving their life for his.

1. Do you think having such a strict code of honor could actually make a samurai act dishonorably? Why or why not? Use examples from The Master Puppeteer to support your reasoning.

2. Discuss, in depth, how fighting and dying for one master might affect a person's character and life. Use examples from The Master Puppeteer to support your reasoning.

3. After research, explain what is meant by code of honor in feudal Japan. What are some of the rules of the Japanese feudal code of honor? Use examples from The Master Puppeteer to support your reasoning.

4. How do you think American soldiers might feel about a code of honor based on the Japanese samurai code? Use examples from The Master Puppeteer to support your reasoning.

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