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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 Jiro do the next morning after speaking to Mochida?
2. What does Jiro hope about his father?
3. What does Kinshi say the left-hand operators will do?
4. What does Jiro think Yoshida does beautifully at the performance?
5. Who tells Jiro he is selfish?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Joman avoid being executed?
2. What is pinned on the door of the theater and how does Yoshida respond?
3. What do the authorities and merchant's guild offer?
4. What do Saburo and his gang do one evening?
5. What does Jiro beg Kinshi to do and what is Kinshi's reply?
6. How does Jiro help his father and how does this help his family?
7. What do Jiro and Kinshi get to do on stage during one performance?
8. What does Jiro hope about his father and what is the outcome?
9. What does Jiro learn from his mother about his father and how Kinshi saves her?
10. What part is Kinshi assigned in the new play and what does Jiro learn as they go to get puppets for Kinshi to practice?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?
2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as The Master Puppeteer help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Master Puppeteer? Why or why not.
3. Choose one specific incident in The Master Puppeteer to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.
Essay Topic 3
Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:
1. Compare/contrast the characters of Jiro and Kinshi. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.
2. Compare/contrast the characters of Saburo and Kinshi. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?
3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in The Master Puppeteer help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.
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