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 accompanies Stephen home from Canton?

2. Where does Stephen meet Kenzo?

3. What does Stephen say to Sachi about her argument with Kenzo?

4. Why do Stephen and Matsu initially go to Yamaguchi?

5. What does Stephen decide to paint?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Stephen feel about traveling to Tarumi?

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

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

4. How does Stephen describe Matsu's garden?

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

6. Why does Kenzo call Sachi a monster?

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

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

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

10. What agreement do Stephen's parents seem to come to after his father's visit?

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

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

Sachi's kare sansui is, by definition, a dry garden. Although she has chosen to include the blue-purple flower, the garden is mainly made up of rocks that represent the ripples of water. Stephen calls it an illusion. It could also be called a dead garden.

1) Why do you think Sachi chose this type of a garden rather than one filled with life?

2) What does the later inclusions of the blue-purple flower represent?

3) Why does Sachi rearrange the stones frequently?

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