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. Who says, "You really are a monster"?

2. How do Stephen and Sachi acknowledge each other outside the temple after Kenzo's funeral?

3. Why doesn't Sachi hide at Matsu's house?

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

5. Who is Tomoko?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Kenzo call Sachi a monster?

2. Describe Sachi's garden.

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

4. Describe Yamaguchi.

5. What implications are given that Matsu is becoming fond of Stephen?

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

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

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

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

10. How is Setsbun celebrated?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Relationships are an ongoing theme in the story. The importance of parent-child relationships, intimacy, and trust are all explored within the larger context of specific relationships in the novel. Choose a relationship from the book that exemplifies each of the three types of relationships or issues listed. For each one, write a detailed explanation of how this relationship is explored in the course of the story and what results from the relationships you choose to write about.

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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