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

Gail Tsukiyama
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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. Who does Stephen meet in Yamaguchi?

2. Where does Stephen's father spend most of his time?

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

4. Why is Stephen embarrassed by his body?

5. How does Sachi say Tomoko died?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the state of Stephen's relationship with Keiko when she gives him the yoken.

2. What is Stephen's physical condition when he first arrives at the beach house in Tarumi?

3. How does the removal of Sachi's scarf indicate her growing closeness to Stephen?

4. How does Stephen feel about traveling to Tarumi?

5. Why does Kenzo call Sachi a monster?

6. Describe the relationship between Kenzo, Matsu, and Sachi when Stephen first meets Kenzo.

7. Why is the painting of the garden of importance to Stephen?

8. How did Tomoko's death bring Sachi and Matsu closer?

9. Describe Sachi's house during the New Year's celebration?

10. How does Stephen describe Matsu's garden?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Celebrations play a role in the telling of this story.

1) Choose one celebration and explain why it made a difference to Stephen's growth, perceptions, or daily life.

2) Describe how a different celebration reminds you of a western celebration or one you have participated in. Explain how your or a character in the story found meaning in the celebration mentioned.

3) Write a narrative of a celebration from the point of view of a character who attended it.

Essay Topic 2

Point of view is an important element of style as this story as told through Stephen's journal. Choose three events in the story that would be dramatically altered if the story was told from a different point of view. Give specific examples that support your assertions. Why do you think the author chose to tell the story through the point of view that she did?

Essay Topic 3

While Stephen is the main character in the story, there are also many supporting and minor characters that add to his tale. Choose one other main character, one supporting character, and one minor character. For each one, compare and contrast him or her with Stephen and give examples of how that person affected his life in positive or negative way.

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