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The Samurai's Garden Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Gail Tsukiyama
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Stephen travel to Kobe with?



2. Why does Sachi often rearrange the stones in her garden?



3. Where is Kenzo's body found?



4. What does Matsu say Kenzo does?



5. What item is found in Matsu's garden?



Short Essay Questions

1. What is the tone of Keiko's meeting with Stephen at the shrine?



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



3. How does Keiko let Stephen know she is interested in him despite her father?



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



5. Why does Kenzo call Sachi a monster?



6. Why is the fishing knife of great importance to Matsu?



7. How does Keiko feel about her father's behavior?



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



9. Why does Sachi come to the beach house on Stephen's final day?



10. Does Stephen feel that he is at danger from the war?



Essay Topics

One technique used frequently in this story is to go back in time to fill in the gaps of a character's life or an event. Unlike a flashback where a character recalls an event, characters in this book must tell Stephen their story, or even retell someone else's story.

1) Explain how the story of Michiko might change as Sachi retells it to Stephen.

2) Compare and contrast an event told first hand from Stephen with one told through a retelling.

3) Argue the benefits and drawbacks of the author's decision to use this method of storytelling.

Honor is a theme explored in many circumstances and relationships in the Samurai's Garden. In regards to Stephen's parents, their marriage and the way both dealt with the revelation of his father's affair, discuss what it means to be honorable. Give specific examples and explain why you believe that his parents did or did not act honorably in each one. What do you feel they should have, if anything, done differently? What information that you do not have would change your perceptions of them and their actions?

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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