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 are Stephen and Matsu greeted on their second visit to Sachi?

2. Why does Stephen originally buy the journal?

3. What New Year's gifts does Stephen receive from his family?

4. What is a shime-nawa?

5. Where is Kenzo's body found?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Yamaguchi.

2. How does Stephen describe Matsu's garden?

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

4. Describe Sachi's house during the New Year's celebration?

5. How is Setsbun celebrated?

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

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

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

9. Why does Kenzo call Sachi a monster?

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

For each of the gifts listed below, explain who it was to and from, what the reason for the gift was and how it affected the giver or receiver.

1) Daruma doll

2) Yoken

3) Paint brushes

4) Lucky stones

5) Another of your choice

Essay Topic 2

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?

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.

(see the answer keys)

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