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 do Saburo and his band rob one evening?

2. Who is Hanji?

3. What is the Hanaza?

4. How is Jiro feeling?

5. Who wears baskets on their heads?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Jiro's family getting along?

2. Why is Jiro almost attacked and who saves him?

3. What does Jiro decide to do and why does he make this decision?

4. Who does Jiro meet at the theater and what does the person tell Jiro?

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

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

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

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

9. What does Isako bring to the theater and what does she tell Jiro?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of The Master Puppeteer and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why The Master Puppeteer is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think The Master Puppeteer is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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