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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 Okada admit to Jiro?
2. Why is the merchant supposedly arrested?
3. What does Jiro want his mother to do when he sees her in the audience?
4. What does Hanji give Jiro?
5. What does the man make the puppet do?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is pinned on the door of the theater and how does Yoshida respond?
2. What is the story that the puppeteer tells Jiro?
3. What part is Kinshi assigned in the new play and what does Jiro learn as they go to get puppets for Kinshi to practice?
4. Describe the latest theft Saburo pulls off.
5. What does the assistant magistrate first tell Yoshida and what does the assistant magistrate later say?
6. How does Yoshida react when his play is shut down and what does he decide to do?
7. What wakes Jiro in the night and what is the outcome?
8. How does Jiro discover a Samurai sword?
9. What does Okada tell Jiro and how does Jiro react?
10. What happens in the theater when the play is over and how does the assistant magistrate react?
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
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).
Essay Topic 3
Jiro's father wants Jiro to be able to help make puppets so they can earn a living, but he also wants Jiro to learn a skill that will help him in later life. Jiro tries his best and feels embarrassed and upset when he makes mistakes. He loves both his parents, but feels a little despairing of ever earning his mother's love. He thinks his mother resents the fact that he was even born, as his elder siblings died. He thinks that his mother would have preferred her other children to survive and Jiro to die. This makes him very sad, but also a little resentful of his mother.
1. Discuss the ways in which Jiro's father might be able to help him with his lack of skill. Use examples from The Master Puppeteer to support your reasoning.
2. Discuss the ways in which Jiro's mother responds to him that might be responsible for him believing she does not love him. Use examples from The Master Puppeteer to support your reasoning.
3. Discuss why Jiro would feel both sad and resentful about his mother. Use examples from The Master Puppeteer to support your reasoning.
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