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 the throwing of beans represent?

2. What is a kado-matsu?

3. What does Matsu say Kenzo does?

4. What, according to Sachi, is true about Sachi and Tomoko as children?

5. Why does Stephen call the person he meets in Yamaguchi a kindred spirit?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Stephen feel about traveling to Tarumi?

4. Why does Kenzo call Sachi a monster?

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

6. How is Setsbun celebrated?

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

8. How does Stephen react to the news in his mother's November,1937 letter?

9. Describe a daruma doll.

10. Describe Yamaguchi.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although Stephen has never met Tomoko, her presence is strongly felt. This is also true of Michiko. Compare and contrast the two characters and analyze their contribution to the story line.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Celebrations play a role in the telling of this story.

1) Choose one celebration and explain why it made a difference to Stephen's growth, perceptions, or daily life.

2) Describe how a different celebration reminds you of a western celebration or one you have participated in. Explain how your or a character in the story found meaning in the celebration mentioned.

3) Write a narrative of a celebration from the point of view of a character who attended it.

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