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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 discover when he sneaks into the storehouse?
2. What does Okada ask Jiro to do?
3. What happens after the play is done?
4. What does Kinshi do instead of what he says he is going to do?
5. Who is Hanji disguised as?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Yoshida ask Jiro and then tell Jiro to do?
2. What is pinned on the door of the theater and how does Yoshida respond?
3. What does Jiro think about concerning arranging a meeting with Saburo?
4. Describe the latest theft Saburo pulls off.
5. What is the story that the puppeteer tells Jiro?
6. How does Jiro arrange the meeting with Okada?
7. What does Jiro beg Kinshi to do and what is Kinshi's reply?
8. How does Yoshida react when his play is shut down and what does he decide to do?
9. What does Hanji tell Jiro and offer to do, and what is Jiro's response?
10. How does Jiro manage to get Kinshi his role back in the play?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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.
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