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 Jiro reply to Okada's question?

2. What does the girl who is being courted by a high-born suitor do?

3. What does Jiro explain about Yoshida?

4. What does the man make the puppet do?

5. How does Yoshida praise the assistant magistrate?

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. What does Kinshi say to Jiro the next morning?

4. Describe the conversation between Okada and Jiro.

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Jiro arrange the meeting with Okada?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Katherine Peterson.

2. What in Peterson's background may have helped him in writing The Master Puppeteer? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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