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 item is found in Matsu's garden?

2. How does Stephen get to Kobe?

3. Who gives Stephen the black lacquer box with homemade yoken?

4. What does Stephen give Sachi in this second visit?

5. What does Stephen tell his mother about his father's affair?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Stephen go to see Sachi after her argument with Kenzo?

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

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

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

5. What does Stephen struggle with at the Shinto shrine and why?

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

7. Why does Stephen lie to his mother?

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

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

10. Describe the state of Stephen's relationship with Keiko when she gives him the yoken.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nature is an important setting throughout Stephen's journal and journeys. Choose three separate natural locations or events and:

1) Explain what purpose they serve

2) Relate them to Stephen's growth as a character

3) Describe how the story would change without them

Essay Topic 2

Sachi's kare sansui is, by definition, a dry garden. Although she has chosen to include the blue-purple flower, the garden is mainly made up of rocks that represent the ripples of water. Stephen calls it an illusion. It could also be called a dead garden.

1) Why do you think Sachi chose this type of a garden rather than one filled with life?

2) What does the later inclusions of the blue-purple flower represent?

3) Why does Sachi rearrange the stones frequently?

Essay Topic 3

Stephen's budding relationship with Keiko is both exciting and frustrating for him. As their relationship progresses, and Stephen matures, his reaction to Keiko's responses also change. Document the progression of this relationship and explain how Stephen's personal growth and maturity is reflected in his actions and feelings.

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