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 do Stephen and Sachi acknowledge each other outside the temple after Kenzo's funeral?

2. Why does Sachi say Tomoko contracted leprosy?

3. When does Stephen's father leave Tamuri after his second visit to see Stephen?

4. What does Stephen tell his mother about his father's affair?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Stephen's father reveal about Matsu's history?

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

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

7. How does the storm impact Stephen's relationship with Sachi and Matsu?

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

9. Describe a daruma doll.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While Stephen is the main character in the story, there are also many supporting and minor characters that add to his tale. Choose one other main character, one supporting character, and one minor character. For each one, compare and contrast him or her with Stephen and give examples of how that person affected his life in positive or negative way.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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