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 Jiro worry about concerning his mother?

2. How does Yoshida react when he hears about what is pinned to the door?

3. What does Okada admit to Jiro?

4. Why dos Jiro run past Okada?

5. Who is the person coming up the storeroom stairs?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Joman avoid being executed?

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

3. Describe the conversation between Okada and Jiro.

4. What happens in the theater when the play is over and how does the assistant magistrate react?

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

6. What does Yoshida ask Jiro and then tell Jiro to do?

7. Describe the latest theft Saburo pulls off.

8. What part is Kinshi assigned in the new play and what does Jiro learn as they go to get puppets for Kinshi to practice?

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

10. What does Okada tell Tozo after Jiro leaves Okada?

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

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Master Puppeteer, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in The Master Puppeteer. (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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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