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 Stephen decide to pray for?

2. What are Stephen and Matsu doing when the wave crashes into the garden?

3. How does Sachi say Tomoko died?

4. Why is Stephen embarrassed by his body?

5. What best describes Matsu's house?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Stephen lie to his mother?

3. How is Setsbun celebrated?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Starting with Stephen's reclusive quarantine in Hong Kong, the theme of loneliness is used through the Samurai's Garden.

1) Choose an event or incident from the story that is spurred by loneliness and explain how that loneliness triggers other specific events.

2) Choose a character in the story who seems lonely despite being near other people. Describe the actions this leads to.

3) Choose two characters in the story who seek each other out. Explain the result of this action and how it affects each one's loneliness.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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