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. When does Stephen's father leave Tamuri after his second visit to see Stephen?

2. How does his father's departure affect Stephen?

3. How does Sachi say Tomoko died?

4. How does Stephen first feel when seeing the condition of afflicted villagers?

5. Who does Stephen meet in Yamaguchi?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Sachi's garden.

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

Prejudice is an underlying theme that accompanies the war and leprosy. While often subtle, the theme is constantly present in the story. Pick three characters that you feel exhibit prejudice and explain:

1) What is the cause of their prejudice?

2) How aware is this person of their prejudice and to what extent do they justify it?

3) Does this character evolve or alter his or her perceptions in the course of the story? Use specific examples to support all your assertions.

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

Blame and shame are recurring themes in the novel, although they sometimes are related to honor and loyalty. Choose one of these four themes (blame, shame, honor, or loyalty) that you think most shapes the tone of the story.

1) Give at least three examples to support your statement.

2) Explain if or how that theme is related to the other three listed above.

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