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 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

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 2

Starting with Stephen's reclusive quarantine in Hong Kong, the theme of loneliness is used through the Samurai's Garden.

1) Choose an event or incident from the story that is spurred by loneliness and explain how that loneliness triggers other specific events.

2) Choose a character in the story who seems lonely despite being near other people. Describe the actions this leads to.

3) Choose two characters in the story who seek each other out. Explain the result of this action and how it affects each one's loneliness.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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