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 Mochida say when he grabs Jiro?

2. How is the play doing as Spring rolls around?

3. What does the Samurai tell Yoshida?

4. What does Jiro say when he asks to speak to Okada?

5. What does Yoshida eventually decide to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the conversation between Okada and Jiro.

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

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

4. How does Jiro arrange the meeting with Okada?

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

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

7. What does Kinshi say to Jiro the next morning?

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

9. What is the story that the puppeteer tells Jiro?

10. Describe the latest theft Saburo pulls off.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in The Master Puppeteer. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in The Master Puppeteer. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of class in The Master Puppeteer. Consider the following questions: How does class affect the characters in the story? How is class demonstrated? How rigid is the class system in feudal Japan? What types of struggles are evident because of class?

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

1. What is foreshadow? How many incidences of foreshadow are in The Master Puppeteer? How does foreshadow contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadow in The Master Puppeteer including why you believe it is foreshadow. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from The Master Puppeteer and your own live to support your opinion.

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