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 accompanies Stephen home from Canton?

2. Why doesn't Sachi hide at Matsu's house?

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

4. How does Keiko respond to Stephen's offer to carry her basket of persimmons?

5. Who does Keiko say is in the Japanese army?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What activities surround Fumiko's arrival?

3. What does Stephen think of Matsu when they initially meet?

4. Explain how the war is impacting Stephen.

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

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

7. What information does Stephen get from Penelope's letter?

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

9. What does Stephen describe as his memories of Keiko?

10. What does Stephen struggle with at the Shinto shrine and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It's clear that characters in this story affect the lives of others around them. Imagine Kenzo without Sachi, or Sachi without Michiko's influence. For three characters, choose a single person in the story that you think has the most influence on them. How would each character's life be different without that person?

Essay Topic 2

The act of suicide is an ongoing theme in this story. Tomoko, Kenzo, and many lepers chose to take their own lives. Sachi did not, although her own father wanted her to in order to restore family honor. Compare and contrast the suicides of Tomoko and Kenzo and other people's responses to them. What were the benefits and drawbacks of their decisions? What were the benefits and drawbacks of Sachi's decision not to take her own life to both her self and the people closest to her?

Essay Topic 3

Stephen sees Matsu as both a friend and a father figure at a time when he is losing respect for his own father. Compare and contrast Matsu and Stephen's father. How would the story be different if Stephen's father's affair had not been a part of the story? Does the fallibility of Stephen's father have any positive consequences for the family?

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