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, "A Japanese woman would never do such a thing," and to whom is that person referring?

2. What does Sachi tell Stephen when she learns that Matsu was unaware of this visit?

3. Where does Stephen say the young men of the village are when he visits for Kenzo's burial?

4. Why does Stephen call the person he meets in Yamaguchi a kindred spirit?

5. How is Kenzo's body disposed of?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Stephen feel about traveling to Tarumi?

7. Describe Yamaguchi.

8. What does Stephen's father reveal about Matsu's history?

9. How does Stephen describe Matsu's garden?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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