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

Gail Tsukiyama
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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

Relationships are an ongoing theme in the story. The importance of parent-child relationships, intimacy, and trust are all explored within the larger context of specific relationships in the novel. Choose a relationship from the book that exemplifies each of the three types of relationships or issues listed. For each one, write a detailed explanation of how this relationship is explored in the course of the story and what results from the relationships you choose to write about.

Essay Topic 2

Prejudice is an underlying theme that accompanies the war and leprosy. While often subtle, the theme is constantly present in the story. Pick three characters that you feel exhibit prejudice and explain:

1) What is the cause of their prejudice?

2) How aware is this person of their prejudice and to what extent do they justify it?

3) Does this character evolve or alter his or her perceptions in the course of the story? Use specific examples to support all your assertions.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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