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. How do Kenzo and Matsu make amends?

2. Why does Sachi say Tomoko contracted leprosy?

3. What best describes Kenzo and Matsu in their youth?

4. What does Matsu say Kenzo does?

5. What is a kado-matsu?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Kenzo call Sachi a monster?

3. How does Stephen describe Matsu's garden?

4. How is Setsbun celebrated?

5. What is Stephen's physical condition when he first arrives at the beach house in Tarumi?

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

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

8. Describe Sachi's garden.

9. Why does Stephen lie to his mother?

10. Describe Yamaguchi.

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

Celebrations play a role in the telling of this story.

1) Choose one celebration and explain why it made a difference to Stephen's growth, perceptions, or daily life.

2) Describe how a different celebration reminds you of a western celebration or one you have participated in. Explain how your or a character in the story found meaning in the celebration mentioned.

3) Write a narrative of a celebration from the point of view of a character who attended it.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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