The Samurai's Garden Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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 give Sachi in this second visit?
(a) A portrait of herself.
(b) A painting of the garden.
(c) A painting of her house.
(d) A drawing of the beach.

2. What explanation is given for the names of the children in Stephen's family?
(a) His mother has a fondness for western culture.
(b) They were chosen because they are good for business.
(c) No explanation is given.
(d) They were named for helpful nurses and doctors from his father's youth.

3. What item is found in Matsu's garden?
(a) An aromatic purple flower.
(b) A colorful array of vegetables.
(c) A cherry tree.
(d) A fish pond.

4. How does Stephen get to Kobe?
(a) Bicycle.
(b) Boat.
(c) Mule.
(d) Walking.

5. What is Stephen's first impression of the person who meets him at the station?
(a) That he enjoys solitude.
(b) That he has a secret.
(c) That he is an angry man.
(d) That he yearns for company.

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

7. What is Stephen's interpretation of his parents' marriage at the end of the December journal entries?
(a) That it is over.
(b) That it is no more than a business arrangement.
(c) That it is at a painful point in a growth process.
(d) That it is healing.

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

9. What is a shime-nawa?
(a) A symbol for luck that is used for making a wish.
(b) A rope of twisted straw thought to keep away evil spirits.
(c) A book of Japanese poetry.
(d) A wreath symbolizing prosperity, purity, longevity, and loyalty.

10. What are Stephen and Matsu doing when the wave crashes into the garden?
(a) Discussing Stephen's father.
(b) Catching fish from the fish pond.
(c) Arguing about Sachi.
(d) Talking by the bridge.

11. How does Stephen describe the houses in the village of Yamaguchi?
(a) As being pieced together from scraps.
(b) As a mish-mash of leftovers.
(c) As small domiciles of peace.
(d) As sores on the already pained landscape.

12. When does Stephen's father leave Tamuri after his second visit to see Stephen?
(a) In the middle of their argument.
(b) During dinner.
(c) While Stephen and Matsu leave for Tama.
(d) Early in the morning before Stephen is awake.

13. How does Sachi say Tomoko died?
(a) She was poisoned.
(b) She drowned herself.
(c) She took her life with a fishing knife.
(d) The disease killed her.

14. What does the throwing of beans represent?
(a) Prosperity, purity, longevity, and loyalty.
(b) The Japanese Army winning the war.
(c) Celebration of the first rites of spring.
(d) Throwing out the demons, cold, and pestilence.

15. How is Kenzo's body disposed of?
(a) He is buried.
(b) His body is never found.
(c) He is creamated and the ashes are buried in Sachi's garden.
(d) He is creamated and the ashes are buried in Matsu's garden.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who says, "You really are a monster"?

2. What does Stephen learn during his father's second visit, which occurs in December of 1937?

3. What does Sachi tell Stephen when she learns that Matsu was unaware of this visit?

4. What does Stephen decide to paint?

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

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