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 learn during his father's second visit, which occurs in December of 1937?
(a) That his father has another child with a Japanese woman.
(b) That his father had a 12-year affair with a Japanese woman.
(c) That his mother has been ill.
(d) That his mistress died a year ago.

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

3. Where does Stephen say the young men of the village are when he visits for Kenzo's burial?
(a) Celebrating at the shrine.
(b) Dead from leprosy.
(c) Moved to other cities.
(d) Fighting against China.

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

5. Who accompanies Stephen home from Canton?
(a) No one.
(b) Henry.
(c) His mother.
(d) King.

6. What is Stephen's reaction to his father's visit to Tamuri in October of 1937?
(a) Surprised, but elated.
(b) Unphased.
(c) Suspicious.
(d) Annoyed at the intrusion.

7. Why does Stephen go to Tarumi?
(a) His father wants him to learn about the import-export business.
(b) Stephen's mother is concerned he is becoming too reclusive.
(c) Stephen's sister is sick and he is sent away to avoid getting the disease.
(d) He is ill and is sent away for the cooler weather and to avoid infecting others.

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

9. How are Stephen and Matsu greeted on their second visit to Sachi?
(a) With tea.
(b) They are not greeted. Sachi is not home.
(c) By a stray dog.
(d) With a small meal.

10. What gift does Matsu give Stephen after the visit to Yamaguchi?
(a) A traditional garment.
(b) Part of the garden.
(c) A new canvas.
(d) A set of expensive paint brushes.

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

12. Where does Stephen see the "nicest Christmas tree I ever had"?
(a) In Sachi's garden.
(b) In a memory of his youth in China.
(c) In Matsu's garden.
(d) At Keiko's house.

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

14. Who does Sachi say saved her from being trampled at a celebration many years earlier?
(a) An unidentified soldier.
(b) Kenzo.
(c) Matsu.
(d) Her father.

15. What does Stephen decide to paint?
(a) Keiko at the beach.
(b) His family.
(c) Sachi without her sores.
(d) Matsu's garden.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Kenzo's body found?

2. Who says, "A Japanese woman would never do such a thing," and to whom is that person referring?

3. Why does Stephen originally buy the journal?

4. Why is Stephen embarrassed by his body?

5. What is Setsbun?

(see the answer keys)

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