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

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 travel to Kobe with?

2. Why does Sachi often rearrange the stones in her garden?

3. Where is Kenzo's body found?

4. What does Matsu say Kenzo does?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the tone of Keiko's meeting with Stephen at the shrine?

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

3. How does Keiko let Stephen know she is interested in him despite her father?

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

5. Why does Kenzo call Sachi a monster?

6. Why is the fishing knife of great importance to Matsu?

7. How does Keiko feel about her father's behavior?

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

9. Why does Sachi come to the beach house on Stephen's final day?

10. Does Stephen feel that he is at danger from the war?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Marriage and fidelity are on Stephen's mind after the revelation of his father's affair. However, both Stephen and his mother seem to accept the new arrangement even if they don't like it. How would the story be altered if Stephen's father had never admitted to the affair? How would it change if Yoshiko had been introduced to Stephen? Would a more detailed history of the marriage between Stephen's parents be pertinent to the storyline? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

When Stephen overhears Kenzo's attack on Sachi, he remains silent. Should he have spoken up and defended her? Argue this point from both the opinion that he should have spoken up and from the perspective that he was wise to remain silent. Compare the way Stephen handles this situation with the way he handles another event in the story.

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