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 is Kenzo's body disposed of?

2. Why is Stephen embarrassed by his body?

3. What does Matsu say Kenzo does?

4. Where does Stephen's father spend most of his time?

5. Why does Sachi often rearrange the stones in her garden?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Stephen and Keiko's father interact when they meet in the village after Kenzo's burial?

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

3. What does Stephen think about the impact of the war?

4. How is Setsbun celebrated?

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

6. How does Stephen feel about traveling to Tarumi?

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

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

9. Describe Yamaguchi.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Stephen overhears Kenzo's attack on Sachi, he remains silent. Should he have spoken up and defended her? Argue this point from both the opinion that he should have spoken up and from the perspective that he was wise to remain silent. Compare the way Stephen handles this situation with the way he handles another event in the story.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The act of suicide is an ongoing theme in this story. Tomoko, Kenzo, and many lepers chose to take their own lives. Sachi did not, although her own father wanted her to in order to restore family honor. Compare and contrast the suicides of Tomoko and Kenzo and other people's responses to them. What were the benefits and drawbacks of their decisions? What were the benefits and drawbacks of Sachi's decision not to take her own life to both her self and the people closest to her?

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