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 is Stephen's interpretation of his parents' marriage at the end of the December journal entries?

2. What is a kado-matsu?

3. To whom does Stephen give a miniature pine tree in a clay planter?

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

5. Why does Stephen originally buy the journal?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Stephen think of Matsu when they initially meet?

8. How does Stephen feel about traveling to Tarumi?

9. Why does Stephen lie to his mother?

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

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

Although Stephen has never met Tomoko, her presence is strongly felt. This is also true of Michiko. Compare and contrast the two characters and analyze their contribution to the story line.

Essay Topic 3

It's clear that characters in this story affect the lives of others around them. Imagine Kenzo without Sachi, or Sachi without Michiko's influence. For three characters, choose a single person in the story that you think has the most influence on them. How would each character's life be different without that person?

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