The Master Puppeteer Test | Final 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 the girl who is being courted by a high-born suitor do?

2. Why is Kinshi worried about his part in the next performance?

3. What does Jiro explain about Yoshida?

4. What does the man make the puppet do?

5. What does Mochida explain to Jiro?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jiro think about concerning arranging a meeting with Saburo?

2. What wakes Jiro in the night and what is the outcome?

3. What does Jiro beg Kinshi to do and what is Kinshi's reply?

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

5. What does Okada tell Jiro and how does Jiro react?

6. What does Jiro find when he goes into the storeroom and what happens as he trying to decide what to do?

7. How does Yoshida react when his play is shut down and what does he decide to do?

8. How does Jiro discover a Samurai sword?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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