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 a fishmonger arrive to tell those at the theater?

2. How does Kinshi get out of his chores?

3. Where does Kinshi say it is forbidden to go?

4. What does Okada ask Jiro to do?

5. What does Jiro discover when he sneaks into the storehouse?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the latest theft Saburo pulls off.

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

3. How does Jiro discover a Samurai sword?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in The Master Puppeteer. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Peterson chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Peterson chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Peterson's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Peterson use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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