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Gail Tsukiyama
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Stephen expect to be his only solace in Tarumi?
(a) Writing in his journal.
(b) Painting.
(c) Creating a garden.
(d) Swimming in the ocean.

2. Why do Stephen and Matsu go to the shrine?
(a) To celebrate the first rites of spring.
(b) To pray for the soldiers in the war.
(c) To meet Sachi.
(d) To help the wounded.

3. How does Stephen feel about his father leaving Tamuri in October of 1937?
(a) Relieved.
(b) Melancholy.
(c) Sad.
(d) Angry.

4. Why does Stephen call the person he meets in Yamaguchi a kindred spirit?
(a) This person is lonely.
(b) This person is sad.
(c) This person is ill.
(d) This person is a painter.

5. What does Stephen tell his mother about his father's affair?
(a) Nothing.
(b) That the transferred money was for a business transaction.
(c) That his father refused to talk about it.
(d) That she should accept it and move on.

6. Who says, "A Japanese woman would never do such a thing," and to whom is that person referring?
(a) Stephen referring to Yoshiko.
(b) Kenzo referring to Stephen's mother.
(c) Stephen referring to his mother.
(d) Kenzo referring to Yoshiko.

7. What news is received that dampens the spirits of Stephen, Matsu, and their visitor?
(a) A child from the village has drowned.
(b) The storm has devastated the village.
(c) The Japanese have taken over a key city.
(d) The Japanese Army is advancing.

8. What does Stephen decide to pray for?
(a) For his full recovery.
(b) For his mother's happiness.
(c) For all the problems in his life.
(d) For his parents' marriage.

9. How does his father's departure affect Stephen?
(a) He is determined to paint.
(b) He is more confused than ever.
(c) He is sadder than ever.
(d) He is determined to heal.

10. Who does Stephen travel to Kobe with?
(a) Ching.
(b) His father.
(c) Penelope.
(d) Henry.

11. How does Stephen first feel when seeing the condition of afflicted villagers?
(a) Disgusted and guilty for his reaction.
(b) He regrets his decision to come.
(c) Sad, but hopeful.
(d) More curious than afraid.

12. What important event occurs at the beginning of Stephen's November journal that leaves him feeling lost?
(a) He receives a message from his father.
(b) He discovers a dying part of the garden.
(c) He completes the picture of the painting.
(d) He hears news of the Japanese Army.

13. Where does Stephen first see Keiko?
(a) At the local market.
(b) In her father's home.
(c) In Matsu's garden.
(d) At the beach.

14. How do Stephen and Sachi acknowledge each other outside the temple after Kenzo's funeral?
(a) They speak in whispers.
(b) They bow to each other.
(c) They don't acknowledge each other.
(d) They look in each other's eyes.

15. What does Stephen's mother ask him to do?
(a) Find out about his father's affair.
(b) Talk to his father about his affair.
(c) Return to his father's home in Japan.
(d) Come home in her time of need.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the throwing of beans represent?

2. Why do Stephen and Matsu initially go to Yamaguchi?

3. What is Matsu's New Year's gift to Stephen?

4. What item is found in Matsu's garden?

5. How does Keiko respond to Stephen's offer to carry her basket of persimmons?

(see the answer keys)

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