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. How does Stephen feel about his father leaving Tamuri in October of 1937?

2. How do Kenzo and Matsu make amends?

3. What does Stephen decide to paint?

4. What does Stephen give Sachi in this second visit?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the visit to Sachi impact the relationship between Stephen and Matsu?

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

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

5. Why does Kenzo call Sachi a monster?

6. What does Stephen think about the impact of the war?

7. Why does Stephen go to see Sachi after her argument with Kenzo?

8. What conflicting accounts of the war does Stephen hear?

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

10. What agreement do Stephen's parents seem to come to after his father's visit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Honor is a theme explored in many circumstances and relationships in the Samurai's Garden. In regards to Stephen's parents, their marriage and the way both dealt with the revelation of his father's affair, discuss what it means to be honorable. Give specific examples and explain why you believe that his parents did or did not act honorably in each one. What do you feel they should have, if anything, done differently? What information that you do not have would change your perceptions of them and their actions?

Essay Topic 2

Sachi's kare sansui is, by definition, a dry garden. Although she has chosen to include the blue-purple flower, the garden is mainly made up of rocks that represent the ripples of water. Stephen calls it an illusion. It could also be called a dead garden.

1) Why do you think Sachi chose this type of a garden rather than one filled with life?

2) What does the later inclusions of the blue-purple flower represent?

3) Why does Sachi rearrange the stones frequently?

Essay Topic 3

Stephen's budding relationship with Keiko is both exciting and frustrating for him. As their relationship progresses, and Stephen matures, his reaction to Keiko's responses also change. Document the progression of this relationship and explain how Stephen's personal growth and maturity is reflected in his actions and feelings.

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