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 Kenzo and Matsu make amends?

2. What is a kado-matsu?

3. What does Stephen receive from his mother in November?

4. Who says, "You really are a monster"?

5. What best describes Kenzo and Matsu in their youth?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Tomoko's death bring Sachi and Matsu closer?

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

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

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

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

7. What implications are given that Matsu is becoming fond of Stephen?

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

9. Describe a daruma doll.

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

Stephen is often forced to make choices about confronting situations or staying silent and keeping the peace. For each of the following occurrences, explain why Stephen made the choice he did, what values impacted his chosen course of action, and how it affected both him and others in the long run.

1) His father's affair.

2) Keiko's father.

3) Kenzo's attack on Sachi.

Essay Topic 3

One technique used frequently in this story is to go back in time to fill in the gaps of a character's life or an event. Unlike a flashback where a character recalls an event, characters in this book must tell Stephen their story, or even retell someone else's story.

1) Explain how the story of Michiko might change as Sachi retells it to Stephen.

2) Compare and contrast an event told first hand from Stephen with one told through a retelling.

3) Argue the benefits and drawbacks of the author's decision to use this method of storytelling.

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