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?
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?
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.
Blame and shame are recurring themes in the novel, although they sometimes are related to honor and loyalty. Choose one of these four themes (blame, shame, honor, or loyalty) that you think most shapes the tone of the story.
1) Give at least three examples to support your statement.
2) Explain if or how that theme is related to the other three listed above.
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