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. What does Sachi tell Stephen when she learns that Matsu was unaware of this visit?

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

3. How do Kenzo and Matsu make amends?

4. Why does Stephen originally buy the journal?

5. What news is received that dampens the spirits of Stephen, Matsu, and their visitor?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Stephen feel about traveling to Tarumi?

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

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

4. Describe Sachi's garden.

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

6. Describe the relationship between Stephen and his father in the beginning of the book.

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

8. Describe the state of Stephen's relationship with Keiko when she gives him the yoken.

9. Describe the events that lead to Stephen's trip to Tarumi.

10. How does Stephen feel about making friends with people once he is settled in the beach house?

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

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 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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