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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. How is Yoshida after his play is shut down?
2. What does Jiro want his mother to do when he sees her in the audience?
3. How does Jiro respond to Yashida's questioning?
4. What does Jiro agree to do after the last performance of the day?
5. What does Hanji give Jiro?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Hanji tell Jiro and offer to do, and what is Jiro's response?
2. What is the story that the puppeteer tells Jiro?
3. Describe the conversation between Okada and Jiro.
4. What wakes Jiro in the night and what is the outcome?
5. What part is Kinshi assigned in the new play and what does Jiro learn as they go to get puppets for Kinshi to practice?
6. What does Yoshida ask Jiro and then tell Jiro to do?
7. What happens when the boys are sewing and practicing later that night and how does Yoshida react?
8. How does Jiro manage to get Kinshi his role back in the play?
9. What does Okada tell Tozo after Jiro leaves Okada?
10. How does Jiro discover a Samurai sword?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are a number of interesting questions raised by The Master Puppeteer. Questions that Peterson most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:
1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?
2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Peterson' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Peterson' probable agenda concerning that idea.
2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?
3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?
4. Research the life of Peterson and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.
Essay Topic 2
In this story, the gap between people's wealth and their social position is particularly large. This is because it is a time of famine, and the farmers are forced to give most of their food to the daimyos. The rice merchants have grown extremely rich while the farmers and other peasants are poor and starving. The samurai might be considered very important on the social scale, but Jiro tells us that even some of the samurai are starving on very small rice stipends. This has made people very angry and restless, as the lowliest and undeserving members of society, the merchants are getting rich and fat while those who should be more important starve. The famine has only made these feelings worse, and has caused the peasants of the city to become desperate.
1. Compare a day in the life of a peasant with a day in the life of a Lord in feudal Japan. Use examples from The Master Puppeteer to support your reasoning.
2. Do you think the rice merchants have an obligation to feed the masses? Why or why not? Use examples from The Master Puppeteer to support your reasoning.
3. What kinds of behaviors do you think desperate, starving people will display and how does starvation of the masses enter into many revolutions in countries? Use examples from The Master Puppeteer to support your reasoning.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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