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. How does Jiro respond to Yashida's questioning?

2. Who is Hanji disguised as?

3. How does Kinshi get out of his chores?

4. How do the boys treat Jiro?

5. What does Jira say he will try to arrange for Kinshi?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Yoshida react when his play is shut down and what does he decide to do?

2. What does Jiro conclude after seeing the Samurai sword?

3. What does Jiro think about concerning arranging a meeting with Saburo?

4. How does Jiro arrange the meeting with Okada?

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

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

8. What does Kinshi say to Jiro the next morning?

9. What does Hanji tell Jiro and offer to do, and what is Jiro's response?

10. Describe the conversation between Okada and Jiro.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Over the course of The Master Puppeteer, Jiro grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. The Master Puppeteer might be considered a slice of Jiro's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that The Master Puppeteer is a "bildungsroman" of Jiro. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Jiro as he changes from a more carefree, innocent boy to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Rick?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Jiro's growth throughout The Master Puppeteer, do you think The Master Puppeteer could be considered Jiro's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in The Master Puppeteer who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think The Master Puppeteer is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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